Dec 17, 2014

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Abre La Boca: What to Ask Your Doctors!

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The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services & the Ad Council launched a new Spanish-language public service campaign called “Conoce las Preguntas” in May.

This new multimedia effort is designed to encourage Latinos to become more involved in their health care by talking with their doctors about medical concerns.

HHS research shows that Hispanics tend to seek medical treatment advice from friends, co-workers, and even casual acquaintances rather than going to the doctor, unless they are very sick. Some report avoiding asking questions out of respect or because they feel intimidated or embarrassed.

To receive biweekly text message alerts for tips on talking with health care providers, you can text “preguntas” to 80676.

Here are 5 Questions for Your Doctor, By Dra. Aliza

If you suspect that you have a health issue, it’s normal to be anxious about going to the doctor. It’s easier to ask your friends, family members or even strangers, right? The truth is, the only person qualified to diagnose your condition is your doctor. It’s your body, your health and your right to ask questions. (Just make sure you’re asking the right person!)

  1. If you are given a prescription, ask about possible side effects. Every person is different and it’s normal to inquire about reactions.
  2. If your doctor schedules a test, ask exactly what the test is for and how it is done.
  3. If you receive a diagnosis, ask about what changes you may need to make in your daily life.
  4. If a course of treatment is recommended, ask about options or what might happen if you choose no treatment at all.
  5. If your doctor recommends surgery, ask why it’s necessary and what the risks and benefits are to your health.

Learn more at www.ahrq.gov/preguntas or text PREGUNTAS to 80676 to receive more helpful tips.

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Angélica Pérez-Litwin

Angélica Pérez-Litwin

Dr. Perez-Litwin is the Founder & CEO of ELLA Leadership Institute, a multi-platform professional development organization designed to advance the careers and leadership of women. She's the creative force behind the LATINAS THINK BIG™ national tour, sponsored and live-streamed by Google.

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