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CHAPTER 3









                    COMMUNICATING WITH



               YOUR HEALTHCARE TEAM








                          ave you ever left an
                          appointment with your
                          healthcare
                          professional and
               Hwished you had asked
               certain questions? Or have you
               felt that you have not been
               understood or you did not
               understand fully what the
               healthcare professional was
               trying to say?






               Poor communication between a healthcare professional and their patient can lead to a number of
               emotions such as frustration, anger and hopelessness. It can contribute to misunderstanding,
               isolation and difficulty following your treatment plan.
                  Good communication can help create trust and promote the sharing of information, and it
               encourages discussion with the result that the patient feels more informed and in control and more
               likely to participate in their medical care.




               WHAT CAN I DO TO
               PROMOTE GOOD
               COMMUNICATION?


               Many healthcare professionals
               are under tight time
               schedules, so in order to
               use the time spent with
               them most efficiently,
               we suggest some of the
               following:



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