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Appointments with your doctor are a great opportunity to talk about how you are coping with your condition, so really try to take advantage of that time.
Ask your doctor as many questions as you need to. It is important to understand your condition and any treatments you may be taking. Your doctor can also help you to develop and maintain healthy lifestyle habits.
Your doctor is there for you. You should feel comfortable with your doctor and tell them how you’re feeling.
Answer their questions as honestly as you can.
If you ask your doctor a question and don’t understand the answer, ask them to clarify their response.
Talk to your doctor if you experience any side effects with the treatments you are taking.
How can I ensure successful communication with my doctor?
It is important to open up to your doctor about any doubts and concerns you may have.
To make the most out of your consultations with your doctor, you can use the Parkinson’s Well Being MapTM, it will help you monitor your symptoms – both motor and non-motor – so that you can highlight the symptoms that are of most concern and make a note of the most important questions to ask at your next consultation. This should help ensure that symptoms don’t get forgotten or overlooked.
2. Express any opinions or doubts: “Excuse me, but I would like to tell you that...”.
3. Use the first person: “I prefer...”, “I’ve been thinking.”, “I’m feeling …”.
4. Ask for their opinion: “What do you think about..?”
5. Thank them for their efforts: “Thank you, doctor."
Hello Jon, welcome to MyPatchandMe™.
Your opinion is very important to us in order to understand how you are managing your disease and treatment and to make this support programme the best experience for you