Talking with Your Doctor

Frequently Asked Questions

6. What should I do if I do not understand something my doctor says?

Ask questions. Talking with your doctor is not always easy. Sometimes what he or she says about your health may not make sense. If something seems unclear, ask your doctor to explain what he or she means. You might say, "I want to make sure I understand. Could you explain a little more?" or "I didn't understand that word. What does it mean?" You may also find it helpful to repeat back to your doctor what he or she says using your own words and ask if you are correct.

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