Communication between patients, family members, friends, doctors and nurses is tiring and confusing. Here are a few helpful tips from fellow caregivers, doctors and nurses regarding what the role is for advocates.
Before taking any medications, check with your doctor or pharmacist about how, when and where to take your medications. Ask about side effects, allergic reactions and other potential risks regarding your prescribed medications.
Seventeen minutes—that's about all the time you'll have with your doctor during a typical visit, says Dr. Davis Liu, family physician and author of Stay Healthy, Live Longer, Spend Wisely: Making Intelligent Choices in America's Healthcare System.
It is important to select a physician that will be able to meet your needs. You want a doctor who will take the time to counsel you at every visit, answer your questions and hold the same beliefs that you do regarding your medications.
Here is a list of general terms that refer to medical experts and various disciplines. If you have any questions about medical terms during the time of your care, be sure to ask your doctor or a member of hospital staff for an explanation.