How to Talk With your Doctor

How to Talk With your Doctor

The Guide for Patients and Their Physicians Who Want to Reconcile and Use the Best of Conventional and Alternative Medicine

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Complementary medicine practitioner Ronald L. Hoffman suggests some tools and approaches that can help patients and physicians communicate better about the full range of treatment options. He explains why doctors tend to resist alternative medicine and then urges them to balance their skepticism with open-mindedness about natural interventions. Hoffman is medical director of the Hoffman Center in New York City and is the host of the nationally syndicated radio program Health Talk. Annotation ©2006 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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Now more than ever patients are taking control of their own health care, leaving many conventional physicians unsure about their role as dispensers of medical knowledge. More waiting rooms are now filled with highly informed medical consumers seeking to partner with their doctors. They want to explore all promising treatiments, both mainstream and alternative, and connect emotionally. To physicians, these patients seem needy and demanding. They expect a lot of attention, but are all too quick to question authority and battle doctors for control of medical care. To patients, though, such physicans come off as distant and stodgy, even arrogant. Many walk away entirely from mainstream medicine seeking a better partnership or they neglect to mention the alternative tretments they're using for fear of disapproval. Less assertive patients simply clam up-put off by doctors' increasingly brusque bedside manner and shorthand use of "medicalese." The unfortunate result in each case is the same: miscommunication and missed opportunities. Patiens fail to receive the best care available to them, and doctor-patient relationships fall far short of the caring and mutually satisfying exchanges they should be. "How to Talk with Your Doctor" is a book for patients and doctors alike. It arms patients with the tools and knowledge they need to communicate better with physicians about using the best high-tech and alternative treatments while also helping doctors balance their skepticism of complementary and alternative approaches with open-mindedness.

Publisher: Laguna Beach, Calif. : Basic Health Publications, c2006
ISBN: 9781591201120
1591201128
Branch Call Number: 610.696 HOF
Characteristics: xiv, 258 p. ;,24 cm.
Additional Contributors: Stevens, Sidney 1936-

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