Most conversations between you and your doctors or nurses will probably go smoothly. However, it’s common for people to sometimes feel they’re not getting the information or support they need. Here are some tips to help you:
- Ask doctors or nurses to use simple language and explain medical terms. Sometimes your doctors and nurses may forget you’re not as familiar with medical terms as they are. If they use words you don’t understand, ask them to explain them.
- Use your own language. Although your doctors or nurses may use medical terms, you don’t have to. It’s okay to use your own words to describe the problem. In fact, using terms that you only partly understand may cause problems as the health professionals may think you know more than you do.
- Say if you’re embarrassed. We all find certain kinds of medical symptoms and problems embarrassing and they’re often the kind of personal matter we don’t want to talk about with someone else. So when you start talking about something that’s embarrassing, you can just say something like, ‘I’m sorry ... this is embarrassing to talk about, but …’.