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Family Medical Records (cont.)

What Are the Potential Barriers for Patients Providing Adequate Medical Information for a Doctor?

In ideal situations, a patient will be able to answer a doctor's questions during the visit. However, very often, many of these questions are left unanswered or incorrectly answered. Some of the common reasons for inadequate patient-doctor communication are the following:

  • Stress and anxiety of an emergency situation
  • Nervousness about seeing a new doctor
  • Unresponsiveness or unconsciousness
  • Being too ill or confused to communicate effectively
  • Patient's or doctor's time constraints
  • Not knowing the correct information about medical diseases or medications
  • Being without relatives or caregivers who can provide or assist with the information
  • Language barrier
  • Not remembering all of the medical history or not knowing what part of past medical history may be important to the doctor
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 12/5/2014

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