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All_in_1963 (@burrkay)

Importance of requesting your Doctor's Notes

Just Want to Talk | Last Active: Jul 28, 2018 | Replies (16)

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Thanks for the responses. Many of us don’t want to know the details. I on the other hand do, and can no way retain all the “medical speak” during an encounter with my doc. Thus, I access the doctors notes (if available) after any visits to see what I may have missed. Google is a wonderful tool to simply highlight a Greek word and get an interpretation.
Today’s docs don’t have the time to explain all the details. Many clinics are demanding that they see more patients per day, and be less engaged in conversation…all the more reason for the patient to be attentive to the details.
Bottom line…for me…I want to know! I will converse with the doc, but I often later think back on what was said and simply can’t recall Some pertinent details.
Also, the notes are helpful when family members ask about what was discussed. My wife is a stage 4 Lung Cancer patient. Our adult children live far away. When we see my wife’s oncologist, they want to know what was discussed. The notes are very helpful for me to pass along to them and keep them informed.

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John, like you, I want to know the details. I have caught erroneous information in my charts, and once even caught someone else's paperwork in mine! Because I get copies of all my labs prior to an appt, I can speak more in depth with my team.

Hopefully, your Dr thanked you for catching that typo, and will be proofreading the office notes from here on out.