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January 15, 2020
6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Time Details:
In case of inclement weather, call 253-798-8787 for necessary postponement or cancellation.
Parkland/Spanaway Library
13718 Pacific Avenue S.
Tacoma, WA 98444
Free; No RSVP required
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Talking with Your Doctor

Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Going to the doctor isn’t what it used to be. The “good old days” are gone now and there’s a whole new way of thinking surrounding the doctor-patient relationship. Communication is key in building good relationships with your health care providers and getting the best possible care. Learn to communicate effectively with doctors and other providers. Understand the fresh mindset that healthcare providers have today.

Get the Most out of Your Doctor Visit

It used to be that a patient visited their health care provider and were told their diagnosis, what course of action was needed and what prescriptions to take.  That’s not happening any longer.  Today patients (or their caregivers) are expected to be active participants in the conversation.

“Talking with your Doctor” is an opportunity to learn about the philosophy guiding the medical community today, the expectations that providers have for their patients, and how preparing for medical appointments is more important than ever.  The presentation is a collaborative effort with Pierce County Aging and Disability Resources and the National Institute on Aging.

“Most clinicians are under a significant time crunch,” said Aaron Van Valkenburg, manager of Pierce County Aging and Disability Resources.  “They can only spend a limited amount of time with each patient.  If a patient has not prepared adequately for their visit it could be time wasted for everyone.  Knowing exactly how to describe symptoms, the context for an issue and preparing with questions makes a world of difference.”

The presentation will be offered three times in January:
January 13 – 12:10 p.m. – Pierce County Annex, 2401 S. 35th Street, Tacoma
January 13 – 6:30 p.m. – Gig Harbor Library, 4424 Pt. Fosdick Rd., Gig Harbor 
January 15 – 6:30 p.m. – Parkland/Spanaway Library, 13718 Pacific Ave., Tacoma

With all that goes on at a visit to a health care provider, it is often recommended to have a second person with you.  So much happens so quickly that it’s easy for one person to miss important parts of the conversation.  In many cases, having a second set of eyes and ears can be crucial to good follow-through.  Things to do and not do, things to eat and not eat, prescriptions to take and not take – all this can be confusing, misunderstood or misinterpreted after the fact.  

Attendees will be provided with special tools to help them make the most of their health care visits.  Tools include a preparation form, medication tracker, a File of Life, tip sheets, question sheets, symptom guide, local resources and more.  The information in the presentation comes from the National Institute on Aging, a Federal agency that is part of the National Institutes of Health and the Department of Health and Human Services. 

“Talking with Your Doctor” is an information only event.  The presentation is based on research and Each session is free and open to the public.  Anyone of any age can attend.  No RSVP is required.  For more information about the presentations, call the Pierce County Aging and Disability Resource Center at 253-798-4600 or (800) 562-0332.  Please note:  In case of inclement weather, call 253-798-8787 for necessary postponement or cancellation.