Why is good communication important between patients and their providers?

Medical providers and patients have to work together as a team to make the best possible choices when it comes to health care.

By having good communication between you and your physician, you keep your physician informed so he or she can make good care choices for you, according to the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

Being honest about your symptoms and having an open dialogue about your opinions or care choices is also important to be able to help your doctor find the right diagnosis, treatment, and care plan for your specific needs, according to the NIH.

Doctors and other medical providers try their best to keep you in the loop about your medical needs, but if there is something you don’t understand or want more information on, it’s important to ask questions – even if you feel shy or embarrassed, according to the NIH.

Your doctor and other members of your medical care team want you to feel confident and comfortable being an advocate for your health care.

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