Many people see more than one doctor or
health professional. Your primary care doctor, such as your internist or family doctor, may refer you to another doctor for a
problem. You may see a specialist for another health concern. You may need a
Having many doctors can help you get the best care, but
it also can cause problems. If you don't talk often to your doctors, or if your
doctors don't talk to each other, you may:
You can avoid or reduce these problems and make things easier
on yourself by working with your doctors. Below are some things you can
When you have many doctors,
think of them as your team. Tell each doctor that you expect him or her to talk
with the other doctors about your care.
If you are being treated for both physical and mental
health problems, be sure all your doctors know this. One problem can affect another problem. For example, a mental health symptom may make
it hard to know that you have a physical problem. And some of the medicines
used for mental health problems can lead to physical problems or make them
Here are some ideas for working with your health care team:
Having more than one health
problem can be confusing. You may have problems understanding what you're
supposed to do for each health problem.
Here are some
If you receive different directions from different doctors:
April 2, 2013
Anne C. Poinier, MD - Internal Medicine & Brian D. O'Brien, MD - Internal Medicine
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