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Heather

Another great way to communicate with your doctor is to communicate with his/her nurse! When you go for an office visit, take along notes/questions you have and share it with the nurse (so often we have questions but forget them when we get into the office). He/she will pass it along to the doctor, you will get your questions answered, and you will develop a great relationship with your doctor and nurse! This is also very important in a hospital setting. Your nurse does interact with you more than the attending MD~ they are YOUR ADVOCATES! So use them ~ don't abuse them! Remember they hold your pain medicine in their hands :)

Heather

Another great way to communicate with your doctor is to communicate with his/her nurse! When you go for an office visit, take along notes/questions you have and share it with the nurse (so often we have questions but forget them when we get into the office). He/she will pass it along to the doctor, you will get your questions answered, and you will develop a great relationship with your doctor and nurse! This is also very important in a hospital setting. Your nurse does interact with you more than the attending MD~ they are YOUR ADVOCATES! So use them ~ don't abuse them! Remember they hold your pain medicine in their hands :)

Kitty

I emphatically agree with Heather. We count on our nurses SOOO much. They can be a huge help to you as a patient and also really help you in bringing things to your doctor's attention when it's something they need to address or see you in person for. A good nurse can be your best friend. And Tricia, I would be a bad doc if I didn't stop to say I'm really sorry you and the girls are have the flu and I really hope you feel better soon!!

Leah

Interestingly, I am actually in the process of writing an ethics paper about such issues... how it seems like an ever-increasing problem - Doctors not being able to do what they'd like, patients not getting the care that they'd like. Its tough on both ends, and there's no simple solution. I think one of the best things that can be done is to have reasonable, realistic expectations and to apply the golden rule.

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