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Ask questions and be sure you understand your diagnosis and treatment options

Patients, as much as the professionals who treat them, are critical to maintaining good health. You know your symptoms best and are usually the one in charge of following a doctor's treatment plan for your care. Still, it can be hard to talk easily with your health care provider and ask questions when your health needs are complex, you are unfamiliar with medical terminology, and you have been told that ‘doctor knows best.’

If you find it hard to talk with your doctor or nurse practitioner, try some of these strategies.