NY Times (October 26, 2021): How to Remember What Your Doctor Says
- “When faced with someone in a white coat, don’t go mute. Assert yourself, particularly if you’re confused. Try repeating what you’re hearing”
- “People recalled less than half of what their doctors told them a week earlier”
- ”In practice, though, patients bring up as many as 15 different issues during a visit. Show up with a list of the three main things you want to talk about, and go over all three before your doctor starts talking.”
- “Communication onus should be on medical providers. Still, as a patient, you have agency. ‘When people participate, they remember better'”
My take: This article makes some good points. I think in this era, more written information (after visit instructions) are being provided which helps as well.
Related blog posts:
- How Sharing Clinical Notes Affects Patient-Physician Relationship (open notes mandate)
- Be Kind & the 21st Century Cures Act
- Less Litigation: Better Communication
- Top Physician Skill -Listening | gutsandgrowth
Also, briefly noted, U.S was rated as being in 54th place in its vaccine rates compared to other countries.
Financial Times: Global Vaccine Tracker