Yak About Health Featuring “How to Talk to your Doctor” and Alexa Becomes a Virtual Doctor

Yak About Health Featuring “How to Talk to your Doctor”

How To Talk To Your Doctor

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If you’ve ever felt like your doctor isn’t listening to you, it may be true. Studies have found that doctors let patients speak for only 23 seconds on average before cutting them off; in one University of South Carolina study, primary care patients were interrupted just 12 seconds after the physician entered the exam room.

When there’s less doctor-patient dialogue, patients are not only more likely to leave the office frustrated, but they’re also at greater risk of being misdiagnosed.

WEVE GOT A FEW STRATEGIES YOU CAN TRY to maximize your office visit and talk so your doctor will listen.

Make a human connection

Neuendorf, M.D., medical director for the Center of Excellence in Health Care Communication at the Cleveland Clinic suggests.

Before you dive into your concerns, break the ice with a greeting or even a joke. “Doctors are people first, and were much more receptive when a patient begins a conversation with a simple, ‘How’s your day going?’

Stay on message

Most doctor visits last 13 to 16 minutes, according to Medscape’s 2016 “Physician Compensation Report,” so after your greeting, get to the point. “Oversharing information unrelated to your medical concerns takes time away from tailoring a treatment plan,” Neuendorf says.

Tell the whole truth

You can’t expect a doctor to listen to your complaints, or adequately resolve them, if you’re not forthright. Tell your doctor about your fear of falling, substance abuse, sexual dysfunction or changes in sleep patterns.

*Rehearse OR WRITE IT DOWN before you go

If you’re uncomfortable discussing embarrassing topics, write a script and rehearse it in front of a mirror. Use words like incontinent, bowel movements and diarrhea so that when you’re talking to the doctor, you’ll be more comfortable saying them aloud.

Don’t accept ‘it’s just aging’

If you have a symptom that has come on suddenly, keeps you up at night or interferes with your daily life, be specific about the changes you’ve noticed. “For example, you could say, ‘I’ve always been on time for appointments, but lately I’m forgetting them entirely. Is there a test you can do to rule out a more serious cognitive issue?’ ” says Mary Jane Minkin, M.D., clinical professor in the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences at Yale Medical School.

Don’t save questions for the end

Minkin suggests. Once your doctor is halfway out the door, he or she is already thinking about the next patient. Instead, come with a list of concerns and address them within the first few minutes of your visit,

Explain what you can afford

Most doctors don’t have a clue about patients’ out-of-pocket costs. Some aren’t even sure which procedures, prescriptions and lab tests are covered by insurance or Medicare. “But that doesn’t mean they’re not willing to work with you to lower costs,” Neuendorf says. If you can’t afford a prescription, ask your doctor for an alternative, or ask him or her to help you prioritize your medications, so you know which ones you can skip and which ones are nonnegotiable.

Have that end-of-life discussion

Talk to your family about what you want done when you are near death, and make sure your doctor is aware of those wishes. “Writing it down as part of an advance directive isn’t enough,” says David Grube, M.D., medical director of the nonprofit Compassion and Choices in Denver. “Make sure there’s a document in your medical chart that spells out exactly what you want. With smartphone technology, you can even take 90 seconds and film an advance directive in your physician’s office.” For help with managing end-of-life care, go to compassionandchoices.org/eolc-tools.

Don’t go it alone

Bringing a loved one or family member to your medical visits can help ensure that the doctor listens to you and answers your questions. Your loved one can take notes, remind you about issues you wanted to discuss and help you remember doctors’ instructions after the visit is over.

Don’t be afraid to make a switch

If your doctor rushes through visits, doesn’t address your questions or fails to listen to you without interrupting, look for a new physician. “There’s no shame in finding someone who’s a better fit,” Grube says.

The Last “Yak About” Interview with Harlan Kleiman 1940-2016 RIP

The Last “Yak About” Interview with Harlan Kleiman 1940-2016 RIP

Harlan Kleiman and the David Yakir Group

This past week a great friend and frequent guest of the show, Harlan Kleiman passed away. / When he was first diagnosed with prostate cancer, he came to me and said that he’d like to create a series entitled Harlan on Health / in which he would share health information as a healthcare advocate and also document his condition from diagnosis to cure.

Unfortunately the cure didn’t come / as it turns out he had a very aggressive cancer that managed to stay ahead of the best doctors.

Harlan spent the bulk of his life in both entertainment and finance. A few years ago he made his first foray into the world of healthcare. He said It makes his previous lives look easy. He said / Understanding it, managing it, and staying current on the latest advances, and reverses, is complicated. Yet, to not be in control leaves one vulnerable, and as we age that vulnerability increases.

He was going to start our series by sharing what he learned. As he gathered information about the disease / he wanted to share it with you … He said we will learn together. He had hoped to provide enough information and insight for those who haven’t got the time to find out for themselves.

Harlan was a big and grand man. I first met harlan when he married my life long friend Sandy. The two remained my closest friends and supporters for the last 30 years.

Most people will remember him either for his role in developing the Long Wharf theatre in New Haven, playing a leading role in the start of MTV or inventing something called Pipes as an investment vehicle, but I remember him most fondly from the countless dinner parties where he held court. populated by the well known, the influencers, the captains and celebrities of finance and theatre.

Those dinner parties were classic where each person was given multiple glasses for wines he was preparing to serve. And whereas most people pair the wine with the food. He and Sandy paired them with his fantistical stories.

As busy as he was, he always found time to call his friends, sometimes just to see how things were and to chat a bit about life. And he was never too busy to take your call and give you the time.

We only managed to do the first two episodes of Harlan on Health and I will miss him a great deal,

Here is the last recording of the Yak about Interview with Harlan Kleiman entitled preparing for the doctors visit.

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