To take a leading role in your health, it’s important to understand your health conditions and treatment options. Here are some ways to make sure you get the information you need.

Understand what your doctors tell you about your care. Try:

  • Asking questions about your health
  • Taking notes at your appointments
  • Asking your doctors to state instructions clearly or repeat things if needed

You can also ask your doctors to explain things in a different way. Would it help to have a brochure or booklet that you can take time to read? Would you prefer to watch a video? Everyone takes in information in different ways. Tell your doctors the ways that work for you.

Be honest with your doctors about your health. This helps them know what treatments or screenings to recommend. Help your doctors help you by giving them important details and following through on your care.

Tell your doctors if you feel stressed or anxious. Do you know that social factors can also affect your health? These include things like your neighborhood, being able to get healthy foods from stores near you, your emotions or money. If you’re worried about any of these, let your doctors know. This helps them have the whole picture when considering your care and well-being.