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Doctor-Patient Communication

  • Choosing A Doctor
    Looking for a new doctor? Read about types of primary care physicians and choosing the best doctor for you. Get tips for your first appointment and a list of questions to ask about insurance, accessibility, and more.
  • Talking With Your Doctor: A Guide for Older People
    This 44-page booklet is full of ideas and tips for good communication with your doctor. The illustrations and conversational tone help to explain how to prepare for a medical appointment, discuss sensitive topics, and coordinate help from family and friends.
  • Talking With Your Doctor Presentation Toolkit
    Help older adults make the most of their medical appointments with the Talking With Your Doctor Presentation Toolkit (based on NIA’s popular booklet Talking With Your Doctor: A Guide for Older People). It’s easy to use—you do not need any special expertise or training. The presentation features tips for how to:
  • Talking With Your Older Patient: A Clinician's Handbook
    This essential guide for health professionals offers strategies for communicating effectively with older patients. Among the topics addressed in this 61-page publication are how to talk about sensitive issues, give bad news, and be aware of cultural differences.