Health Care Strategies -- What to say to the doctorPosted by Sharon W on 7/23/03 at 12:05 (125043)
I thought this article had some very useful info (excerpts follow):
'According to the American Society of Internal Medicine, 70 percent of a correct diagnosis depends solely on what the patient tells the provider. Giving providers as much information as possible about your health can help them make faster, more accurate decisions about your condition and treatment.'
'If providers don't ask, tell them things about your disability they should know. Give them relevant information about how your disability affects your health care. (If you prefer that certain information not go beyond your provider, request that it not be written down. Once information becomes a part of your medical records, it may become available to insurance companies and others.)'