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How to Talk Effectively With Health Care Providers

Tips for caregivers to communicate effectively with health professionals

Article Highlights

  • Ask the right questions
  • Respect your loved ones
  • Use professionals to educate yourself

Communication difficulties between health care providers and older patients happen every day. As a caregiver, playing an active role in maintaining your loved one's health is essential. This means communicating effectively with doctors, dentists, nurses, pharmacists and other health professionals. Good communication boils down to three facts:


See also: Questions to Ask the Doctor.


  • Asking the right questions will yield the information you and your loved one need in order to make decisions.
  • Providing health professionals with the information they need is necessary for them to make informed judgments.
  • Demanding quality care for your loved one is a must.

Whether you're communicating on your loved one's behalf or helping her communicate better on her own, here's how to ensure that she receives the best possible care. … Back to Article

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