As a mother of three children, I want the best health care possible for my family. This means that when we go to the doctor’s office, it is vital to communicate openly with our doctor, so that we can get the best results possible. I really enjoyed watching the video with Laurri Diener, mother of 3 children. She talked about waking up in the middle of the night with chest pains and was worried there was something wrong with her heart. She went to one doctor and he said there was nothing wrong with her heart. She also felt like this doctor wasn’t really “listening” to her concerns. She then went to another doctor for a second opinion. After listening to Laurri’s concerns, she was diagnosed with acid reflux.
Have you been to a doctor who didn’t seem to “listen” to your health concerns and didn’t really “answer” your question? Well, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) has launched a new initiative with the Ad Council to encourage clinicians and patients to engage in effective two-way communication to ensure safer care and better health outcomes.
Like any other parent (or individual) out there, I know that by having better communication with my doctor, the right diagnosis and treatment can be assigned, so that I can sleep more and worry less.
For more information, be sure to check out a newly published Wall Street Journal article covering the news. Further, the full series of new public service videos featuring real clinicians and patients can be found HERE.
You can also check out the AHRQ YouTube site HERE.
I received no compensation for writing this post. All opinions expressed in this post are 100% mine.
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