Learning about your health

Learning about your health

LEARNING ABOUT YOUR HEALTH: Health Education Fact Sheet for Clients. Learning about your health with your health-care team.

Learning about your health with your health-care team

  • Be involved in making decisions about your health.
  • Talk with your health-care provider in an open and honest way.
  • Ask for health information from your health-care team.
  • Ask your health-care team to explain anything you do not understand.
  • Ensure you are prepared to safely care for yourself.

Before going to visit your health care provider, here are a few tips:

  • Write down what you want to learn or ask at the health-care visit.
  • Make a list of all your drugs including vitamins and herbal medicine.
  • Include those which need a prescription and those which don’t.
  • Ask your pharmacist to print you a list.
  • Make a list of key events and illnesses related to your health.
  • Take these lists with you to your health-care visit.
  • Ask a family member or a support person to come with you to listen and take notes.
  • Ask for help in completing forms if needed.
  • Tell your health-care provider if you have special needs.

During your visit, share your ideas and ask:

  • What is my health problem?
  • What do I need to do?
  • Why do I need to do this?
  • How will this affect my everyday activities?
  • Ask (your health-care team) to repeat information you do not understand. Ask them
    to explain in easy to understand, plain language.
  • Take notes (or bring a friend to take notes), double check to see if you understand information correctly and feel prepared to look after yourself.

Before you leave:

  • If you do not understand, ask for example: “This is all new to me, can you explain this to me in a simpler manner?” or “can you show me a picture?”
  • Ask how to get more information once you are home.
  • Ask for resources and websites where you can learn more.
  • Ask who to contact if you have further questions and how to contact them.
  • Ask who to follow-up with.
  • Ask if a follow-up visit is needed.

The intent of this fact sheet is to get you involved in making key decisions affecting your health.

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