- When I’m sitting in your exam room don’t talk to another doctor or a nurse about me as if I’m not there.
- Understand that I come to you when I am needy, scared, or I don’t feel well. Be gentle and kind when I am down. Don’t add to my anxiety.
- Don’t give me prescriptions for medications without explaining why you are choosing a particular medication and what the side effects might be.
- Don’t send me to do tests without telling me what you’re testing for. Be honest and straightforward with me, but don’t frighten me unnecessarily.
- Remember that I am a person – not a bunch of numbers.
- Don’t dismiss my questions. If I’m asking it’s because I don’t understand and I want to understand.
- Be respectful if I don’t think the medication or treatment you are prescribing is right for me. Don’t automatically get angry or annoyed.
- Don’t get offended if I tell you I want a second opinion.
- Let me get dressed before you discuss things with me.
- If you don’t have enough time to be my doctor, don’t take me as your patient.
And most important…
Listen, listen, listen, listen, listen, listen!