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BMJ BestTreatments :: Decision support :: Shared decisions

Posted Nov 18 2008 12:14am

BMJ BestTreatments :: Decision support :: Shared decisions: "Many people find it hard to ask their doctor questions. Sometimes their doctor doesn't encourage them. Doctors always seem so busy. You may worry you will look stupid if you use the wrong words. Or you may worry that you will annoy your doctor by asking questions. Sometimes you may feel too ill to take an active role in making decisions. And some people are happy just to do what their doctor tells them.

You may feel more comfortable talking things over with your doctor if you do some of the following things:

* Write down a list of questions to take with you when you go to see your doctor
* Have a family member or friend come with you to the appointment
* Make notes of what your doctor says during your visit"

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