Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Six Ways to Be a Better Patient

Six Ways to Be a Better Patient By Tara Parker-Pope, Published: August 12, 2008, NYT

To improve doctor-patient communication, patients need to follow a few rules of their own.

Last week, the Well blog featured “Six Rules Doctors Need to Know.” So what about patients?
Dr. Robert Lamberts, the August, Ga., physician who wrote the original rules in his blog, Musings of a Distractible Mind, says it was easy to criticize his own profession, but it’s tough to turn the spotlight on patients. That said, patients are half of the doctor-patient relationship, and they need a few rules of their own. Here are his six rules for patients.

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Books on Doctors as Patients and a few on the Doctor-Patient Relationship