August 22, 2013

Tonight on Healthstyles co-host Barbara Glickstein interviews author Zach Berger, MD, PhD, about his new book, Talking to Your Doctor – A Patients’ Guide to Communication in the Exam Room and Beyond published by Roman & Littlefield.

Communication matters. Good health depends on it.

The complexity of navigating a health care encounter demands skills that we aren’t taught in school.

Dr. Berger discusses some practical skills people can learn to use to improve your conversation with your health care provider so the outcome of the encounter is better for your health.

Maybe a citizen’s grass-roots movement to teach these skills is part of health care reform.  You can go to www.talkingtoyourdoctor.org to learn more.

Zachary Berger, MD, PhD, is a primary care doctor and internist as well as an epidemiologist. He is an assistant professor at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. His research on doctor-patient communication bioethics, and clinical epidemiology has been published in the Annals of Internal Medicine and the Journal of General Internal Medicine, as well as in numerous venues for the general public.

*this book addresses communication with all health care providers