A cancer diagnosis can be overwhelming. The emotions behind hearing the words “you have cancer” can often cloud a patient’s ability to comprehend the information being shared by the medical team as well as the patient’s ability to ask important questions.
Eddie Leigh is a 20 year survivor of colorectal cancer and is the Founder and Director of The Center for Healthcare Communication. According to the website:
“The Center for Healthcare Communication’s mission is to increase patient satisfaction/safety and decrease communication-related medical errors.”
With years of experience teaching healthcare professionals how to effectively communicate, Eddie was a logical choice to bring on the show to teach patients how to communicate effectively with their healthcare team.
Tips for Communicating With Your Healthcare Team
- Prepare a medical resume that includes your history of surgeries, allergies, current medications and family history.
- Prepare a list of questions for your healthcare professional ahead of time. Review and rehearse them.
- Follow the A-B-C’s: Always Be Courteous