Asking yourself these three questions can make all the difference for you when trying to decipher new information about health conditions.
1. What is my main problem?
2. What do I need to do?
3. Why is it important for me to do this?

Health information coming to people is sometimes very heavily laced with medical jargon. It is not surprising that sometimes people have difficulty processing their health information, so you are not alone if you find things confusing at times.

There is a simple strategy for you to use that ensures you will better understand what is being told to you so you may follow the medical advice, and be on your way to a successful treatment regimen. Asking questions helps you understand how to stay well or to get better. You don’t need to feel rushed or embarrassed if you don’t understand something. You can ask medical professionals on your health care team again. Sometimes it helps to take someone along with you to medical visits so they can take notes, and you can concentrate fully.

You become proactive in your health when you ask three good questions for the sake of your health. Asking these questions can help you take care of your health, prepare for medical tests, and take your medicines or therapies the right way.

Every time you talk with a doctor, nurse, technician, or pharmacist, use the questions to better understand your health…

#1. What is my main problem? #2. What do I need to do? And #3. Why is it important for me to do this?

SOURCE: Adapted from the National Network of Libraries of Medicine of the National Institutes of Health

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