Communicating with Professionals

Updated:Aug 25,2016

Patient communicating with doctor

After a cardiac event or surgery, it is important to follow-up with your medical team.

You can help improve the care you receive at follow-up appointments by talking with your healthcare team about your concerns, asking questions and getting the facts. Usually, office visits and phone calls are shorter and more rushed than you (or your professionals) want. Simple communication skills can help you get what you need – over the phone, at the hospital or during office visits.

Good communication skills help you get better results from the time you spend with all your healthcare providers, not just your doctor. Use the skills from this section when you talk to your doctor, nurse, pharmacist, dietitian, physical therapist, exercise physiologist or other healthcare professionals.

Healthcare professionals talk about why good communication is importantA patient describes how he prepares for office visitsHealth reporter John Hammarley summarizes communication tips

This content was last reviewed July 2016.

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