|Free Publication Helps Older Hispanics Improve Doctor/Patient
How well patients and doctors talk to each other is one of the most important
parts of getting good health care. As we get older, it becomes even more important
to talk often and comfortably with the doctor. Unfortunately, talking to the
doctor isn’t always easy. It takes time and effort. A new publication from the
National Institute on Aging (NIA) can help older adults learn to communicate
more effectively with their doctors.
Conversando con su médico is a 38-page Spanish-language publication
that includes information on:
- Choosing a doctor,
- Communicating effectively with the doctor and other health care providers,
- Working with an interpreter,
- Discussing sensitive issues such as incontinence or sexuality, and
- Finding additional health information in Spanish.
Older Hispanic consumers worked with the NIA to develop this book. They cited
a hesitancy to approach their personal doctors with their health concerns due
to communication barriers and a fear of worrying their doctors and/or their families.
They felt that this book would help them prepare for a visit with their physicians.
According to one participant, “After reading this book, I feel more confident
that I will be able to talk with my doctor.”
Although they felt their physicians were a good resource, participants acknowledged
difficulty in sharing information with their doctors because of time limitations
on their visits. They agreed that patients should have questions ready to ask
their doctors and that such questions would help make their time with the doctor
To order a free copy of Conversando con su médico, please call the
NIA Information Center toll free at 1-800-222-2225 Monday through Friday from
8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Information specialists are available to respond to inquiries
in both English and Spanish. You also may order this and other Spanish-language
materials on the NIA Web site at www.nia.nih.gov.
The NIA, part of the National Institutes of Health at the U.S. Department
of Health and Human Services, leads the federal research effort on the conditions
and diseases associated with aging. The Institute is committed to making health
information available to older Hispanic Americans and their families.
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) — The Nation's Medical Research
Agency — includes 27 Institutes and Centers and is a component of
the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. It is the primary federal
agency for conducting and supporting basic, clinical and translational medical
research, and it investigates the causes, treatments, and cures for both common
and rare diseases. For more information about NIH and its programs, visit www.nih.gov.