Communication is the Key Remember that communication between a doctor and a patient is a two-way process. Both the doctor and the patient must work together on activities such as listening as well as speaking to one another. Honesty and openness with each other are also important factors. The more honest you are, the better your doctor can help you. Much of the communication between the doctor and the patient is personal, as well as confidential. In order to obtain optimum results, you may need to be open about sensitive subjects such as sex, sexually transmitted diseases and death even if you feel embarrassed or uncomfortable. Doctors are accustomed to talking about personal matters and will try to ease your discomfort to the maximum extent possible.
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