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Patients often have lots of questions and little time with the doctor. You should prepare a written list of concerns and questions, with the most important ones first. Read from the list or give it to your doctor, along with your own report on how you are doing. The doctor probably won’t have time to answer ten questions, but he or she can answer the first two or three and may be willing to look at the rest later and then answer them by phone or email or at your next appointment. Unfortunately, as patients, we are often too stressed in the doctor’s office to take in everything. Try tape recording your consultations with your doctor and listen to the tapes at home – or bring someone along to take notes for you. (Source: “The Art of Getting Well: A Five-Step Plan for Maximizing Health When You Have a Chronic Illness” by David Spero, R.N.)

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