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Doctor-Patient Communication

  • Choosing A Doctor
    Looking for a new doctor? Read about types of primary care physicians and choosing the best doctor for you. Get tips for your first appointment and a list of questions to ask about insurance, accessibility, and more.
  • Talking With Your Doctor: A Guide for Older People
    This 44-page booklet is full of ideas and tips for good communication with your doctor. The illustrations and conversational tone help to explain how to prepare for a medical appointment, discuss sensitive topics, and coordinate help from family and friends.
  • Talking With Your Older Patient: A Clinician's Handbook
    This essential guide for health professionals offers strategies for communicating effectively with older patients. Among the topics addressed in this 61-page publication are how to talk about sensitive issues, give bad news, and be aware of cultural differences.