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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 surgeon.
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 do.
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 worse.
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 examples:
If you receive different directions from different doctors:
|Primary Medical Reviewer||Anne C. Poinier, MD - Internal Medicine|
|Specialist Medical Reviewer||Brian D. O'Brien, MD - Internal Medicine|
|Last Revised||April 2, 2013|
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