One of the most important steps in medical care is making sure the patient understands their particular situation and the best care options that should be taken.It is not uncommon to sit on an exam table, listen to a doctor and nod your head when you actually do not quite understand what being said. Medical professionals sometimes don’t even realize they have lost you because they have been using medical terms and moving quickly in their everyday work life for years. It’s ok to ask for more clarity. Your doctor does not mind. If you don’t ask questions you might go home and wonder, search the internet, ask a friend and never really get the right answer for you. What’s worse, perhaps you fully missed something very important during your visit and don’t even realize it.
Patients who have a clear understanding of their diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, medicine regimen, and continued care plan tend to be more compliant, follow up regularly, and keep the right steps in place to participate in the most optimal outcome for their condition.If you are in a position in which you do not feel your doctor is not particularly receptive to questions during a visit and you do not understand your medical exam or results, you may want to consider scheduling a visit with your doctor’s nurse who has been trained in patient education specific to your doctor’s line of practice.