Having eﬀective communication with your healthcare provider and team is a vital part of receiving the care you need and want. Communication can be a barrier if it is not properly utilized between you and your provider. Therefore it is important to make sure every time you communicate that it is an accurate representation of you and your health. You cannot control how others communicate to you, but as a patient, you can make sure your communication is successful. Here are a few tips to consider when communicating with your healthcare team:
- Build rapport with your healthcare This can take time, but is necessary for you to both get to know one another. Having good communication can help build rapport and strengthen the relationship that is already there.
- Provide accurate Keep notes about your symptoms and concerns including descriptions and when they occur. Make sure to bring your notes with you to your appointment and have accessible when talking with your healthcare team.
- Take During your appointment bring a notebook or use your phone to write down things you will need to remember. When necessary, ask for a written copy of instructions about your health including new medications, exercises, diet, etc.
- Ask questions. Don’t be afraid to ask questions. Your healthcare team might assume you understand all that they are talking about if you don’t voice your understanding or concerns.
- Bring a family member or friend to your appointment. Often, having someone else with you can help you remember the information needed.