How to Talk With Your Physician

We’ve all been confused at some point when our physician gives us directions about medications or explains a medical problem. You can learn how to improve communication between you and your doctors by reading the brochure, “Understanding Your Caregivers,” from the Joint Commission.

You can print the questions and answers in this brochure by downloading it from the internet. The brochure offers tips such as:

  • What to do if you don’t understand what your caregiver is saying
  • What to do if your caregiver explains and you still don’t understand
  • How to understand instructions related to medicines

This government site also offers downloadable brochures on other medical issues such as medication mistakes, wrong-site surgery, and recovery after leaving the hospital.

The Joint Commission accredits and certifies more than 15,000 health care organizations and programs in the United States.