February 18, 2021
Begins at 6:30 p.m. sharp
Free; Advance Registration Required
Get the Most at Your Doctor Visit
Talking with your Doctor - Online Event
Thursday, February 18, 2021
Online Event - Going to the doctor isn’t what it used to be. The “good old days” are gone now and there’s a whole new way of thinking surrounding the doctor-patient relationship. Communication is key in building good relationships with your health care providers and getting the best possible care. Learn to communicate effectively with doctors and other providers. Understand the fresh mindset that healthcare providers have today.
It used to be that a patient visited their health care provider and were told their diagnosis, what course of action was needed and what prescriptions to take. That’s not happening any longer. Today patients (or their caregivers) are expected to be active participants in the conversation.
“Talking with your Doctor” is an opportunity to learn about the philosophy guiding the medical community today, the expectations that providers have for their patients, and how preparing for medical appointments is more important than ever. The presentation is a collaborative effort with Pierce County Aging and Disability Resources and the National Institute on Aging.
“Most clinicians are under a significant time crunch,” said Aaron Van Valkenburg, manager of Pierce County Aging and Disability Resources. “They can only spend a limited amount of time with each patient. If a patient has not prepared adequately for their visit it could be time wasted for everyone. Knowing exactly how to describe symptoms, the context for an issue and preparing with questions makes a world of difference.”
The presentation will be offered online twice in February:
• February 18 at 6:30 p.m. Register in advance online at: http://bit.ly/2LdOuD1.
Telephone option available at 253-215-8782 or 888-788-0099 – Webinar ID: 913 2484 5538
• February 20 at 10:00 a.m. Register in advance online at: http://bit.ly/3i4gowX
Telephone option available at 253-215-8782 or 888-788-0099 – Webinar ID: 942 7025 4423
With all that goes on at a visit to a health care provider, it is often recommended to have a second person with you. So much happens so quickly that it’s easy for one person to miss important parts of the conversation. In many cases, having a second set of eyes and ears can be crucial to good follow-through. Things to do and not do, things to eat and not eat, prescriptions to take and not take – all this can be confusing, misunderstood or misinterpreted after the fact.
Attendees will receive information about special tools that can help make the most of their health care visits. The information in the presentation has been provided by the National Institute on Aging, a Federal agency that is part of the National Institutes of Health and the Department of Health and Human Services and the Pierce County Aging & Disability Resource Center.
“Talking with Your Doctor” is an information only event. The presentation is free and open to the public. RSVP is required. Zoom link will be provided at registration. For more information call the Pierce County Aging and Disability Resource Center at 253-798-4600 or (800) 562-0332.