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Good communication is an important part of the healing process. When a doctor and patient work as a team, they are more likely to achieve better health outcomes.

As a patient, this means asking questions if explanations or instructions are unclear, telling the doctor or nurse about new problems, and letting the doctor know if you have concerns about a particular treatment or change in your life.

As a healthcare professional, learning and using effective communication techniques may help you build more satisfying relationships with older patients and become more skilled at managing care.

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Talking with Your Doctor

Information for older adults and caregivers.

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Talking with Your Older Patient

Information for doctors and other healthcare professionals.

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Tools for Healthcare Professionals

Free clinical practice tools, training materials, and more resources.