March 14, 2010

We like how this article from “Mind the Gap”  by Stephen Wilkins, MPH sums up a lot of real data about patient-doctor interaction.

Ask your doctor.  I think most of us would agree that is good advice…at least up to the point that we find ourselves sitting half naked on an exam table in our doctor’s office. Then the doctor walks in and for some reason many of us just “clam up.”

Patient question-asking during the primary care office visit was and continues to be an “index” of patient health information seeking behavior. Since the first of such studies going back to the late 1970s, researchers have found that, except for patients who are highly involved in their own health care, most people ask their doctor few if any important health questions.

Here’s an example of what I am talking about.

At face value, one would think that being “put on a new medication” would prompt patients to ask their doctor a few questions.  Why do I need this medication? What are the side effects? How should I take it?  What about other medications I am taking?  When can I stop taking it?

If you think that way…you would be wrong…

Please read the entire article at: http://healthecommunications.wordpress.com/2010/03/14/asking-our-doctors-questions-many-of-us-don%E2%80%99t-have-much-to-say/

And subscribe to Stephen’s blog — he offers excellent advice to patients about managing their health care!

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