What did my doctor just say?!

As you know, I write books about migraine and chronic pain and will be starting a new book in January that will be designed to help doctors communicate more effectively with their patients when talking about headaches and migraine. My co-author and I have put together a number of chapter ideas to hit key messages doctors need to tell patients and strategies for delivering this information effectively.

As someone with migraine who has probably talked to many doctors about your symptoms and treatment, you know better than anyone about what we doctors typically say — the good, the bad, and the ugly. I’d like to hear from you to help focus our book on messages that are most important to those people with migraines. So here are some questions to get you started:

  • Are there things your doctor never asks about that you think he should?
  • Are there questions your doctor asks that you never quite know how to answer or questions that don’t really seem to make sense?
  • When your doctor talks to you about your migraines or migraine treatment, are there some things that just never make sense?
  • Have you had some doctors explain things in such a way that you say, “So THAT’S what those other doctors were trying to tell me!” I’d love to hear about them.
  • What are the questions that never seem to get answered at your appointments?

I’d love to hear your comments here or you can contact me through my website www.DawnMarcusMD.com if you prefer. I have always found patients have been my best teachers and have had a number call me on things I would routinely say that could be easily misinterpreted. Thanks in advance for helping to further my education and the education of other doctors, too.

 

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