Sometimes TWO is better than one!

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Are you going WITH a family member to the doctor?  Your attending an office visit with the doctor can be helpful in many ways.

  • Giving details about the patient’s concerns/issues, if needed.
  • Translating, if there is a language barrier.
  • Helping the patient understand the diagnosis and treatment plan
  • Assisting the patient in making treatment decisions to fit lifestyle/home needs
  • Remembering WHAT was said.  This is especially true if there is a difficult diagnosis, like cancer, when frequently the patient cannot remember anything said after the diagnosis.

If you as the patient want to bring someone to a doctor’s visit consider parents, children, siblings, spouse/partner, caregivers, neighbors, or friends.

Other hints for the visitor (not the patient):

  • Please do not bring up your own medical complaints.  Your focus of the visit should be on the patient, too.
  • Step out of the room so that the patient can address any personal or confidential issues with the physician.
  • If you are the caregiver and are overwhelmed, let the physician know.  More assistance or respite care can be arranged.

Hope this helps.

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About drlesliegreenberg

I have been practicing as a family physician for over 20 years--as both an educator of physicians and clinician. From infancy to the elderly, I perform obstetrics and general medicine. I love my career and am passionate about my field of knowledge and my patients. Follow me on Facebook at Leslie Md Greenberg Medical Disclaimer The content of this website is provided for general informational purposes only and is not intended as, nor should it be considered a substitute for, professional medical advice. Do not use the information on this website for diagnosing or treating any medical or health condition. If you have or suspect you have a medical problem, promptly contact your professional healthcare provider.
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