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Life SkillsOwning Your Doctor’s Visit

Owning Your Doctor’s Visit

What comes to mind when you think of going to the doctor? Long wait times, confusing words, barely seeing your doctor? Many times we play a passive role during our appointment. It’s time for us to take a stand and own our visit. The best way to do this is through preparation. In our video we discuss ways to prepare beforehand and during our doctor’s visit. We also cover ways for individuals with aphasia to get the most out of their time with their doctor.

Introduction & Role Play (0:00-2:21)

Doctor’s appointments may last over an hour with waiting and seeing the nurse, but the average time spent with the actual doctor is between 13-24 minutes. In this role play interaction the patient portrays feelings of uneasiness or confusion when speaking with the doctor. Sometimes medical jargon is used with patients. All too often, people may speak much too quickly to comprehend what they’re saying.

What Can You Do Beforehand (2:22-4:50)

In the weeks and days leading up to your appointment, there are handfuls of things you can do to ensure your appointment is effective and efficient.

The Day of the Visit (4:51-6:12)

There are many things that can benefit us to do the morning of your appointment.

During the Visit (6:13-8:37)

Many things can go off track when speaking with your doctor. Questions, comments, or things you need to communicate suddenly leave your mind. These tips can help prevent mishaps and improve your interaction with the doctor.

Tips for People with Aphasia (8:38-9:27)

Communicating with others can be difficult, sometimes even harder when living with aphasia. Here are some ways for an effective appointment to take place.

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