There is a great deal to be gained by improving communications between family caregivers and healthcare professionals, especially physicians. Better care for the patient, less stress and illness for the caregiver, more efficient use of doctors’ time, reduced costs and improved satisfaction for all concerned can be achieved when caregivers communicate effectively with physicians.
To achieve effective communication, family caregivers and physicians need to gain a better understanding of each other’s worlds. By trying to “walk in each other’s shoes”, better communication is attained.
Tips for communicating with physicians
- Educate yourself about your loved one’s disease
- Write questions down before appointments so you will not forget them.