It is important to the patient to know what is happening to them and to get accurate, considered answers to their questions. They have a right to this and it will facilitate the development of a good patient/doctor relationship.
"At the time it is very difficult to ask questions for a number of reasons, which can include things like shock and denial. However I think that the main problem is that in order to ask informed questions you need to have a certain knowledge of the situation or condition that you are dealing with."
"To a certain extent I also expected all the information that I would need to know to come from the specialist. This was a person with knowledge of the disease and having dealt with the situation time and time again should provide the information a typical patient needed to know. It wasn't until I started finding out things for myself that the specialist hadn't told me about that I started to research things more and ask questions."
"I found that it wasn't until I started learning more about the condition and its consequences that I came across questions that I wanted answers to. For example, until I was aware of the pituitary gland and its influence on the other glands in the body, I didn't think of asking questions about things like fertility."
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