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Wants, Wishes, and Wills: A Medical and Legal Guide to Protecting Yourself and Your Family in Sickness and in Health by M.D. Shawn D. Glisson, Esq. Wynne A. Whitman

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Chapter 4. Personal Wants: Doctors and Dialogue

No matter what you do for a living, no matter how confident you are, when you’re the patient, the sight of a doctor with a stethoscope can make you nervous and often speechless. (And we won’t even mention the attractive paper gown you might be wearing!) Learning what you can do to improve communications with your providers is critical to improving your personal health care system.

A Guide to Communicating Better with Your Providers

As you’ll probably agree, you may not have enough time with your health care providers to really fill them in on all of your health care concerns and issues in one visit. Even if you have a great relationship with a doctor, you can’t guarantee that he or she will be available ...

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