Let's face it, sometimes it seems like health information is a foreign language. If you leave an appointment with your health care provider and still are confused or have questions, you are not alone. In fact, research shows that most people need help understanding health care information. Here are some tips to help you get the most you can out of your health care visits.
The Ask Me 3
method suggests that every time you talk with a doctor, nurse, pharmacist, or other health care provider, you should use the Ask Me 3 questions.
- What is my main problem?
- What do I need to do?
- Why is it important for me to do this?
You can ask questions when you see your provider, you prepare for a medical test or procedure, or you pick up your medicine.
How to Talk to Your Doctor or Nurse
Effective Patient-Practitioner Communication
A Quick Checklist to Help You Judge the Content of a Website
You can use the following checklist to help make sure that the health information you are reading online can be trusted.
- Can you easily see who sponsors the Web site?
- Is the sponsor a government agency, a medical school, or a reliable health-related organization, or is it related to one of these?
- Is there contact information?
- Can you tell when the information was written?
- Is your privacy protected?
- Does the Web site make claims that seem too good to be true? Are quick, miraculous cures promised?
Source: FDA Website Management Staff