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Making it easier to remember doctors’ orders

When my mother was in the hospital recently, I got a closer look than I might have liked at how hard it can be for doctors and patients to communicate. Patients rarely feel well. They can be stressed out. They can be on medication, as my mom, who’s being treated for leukemia, is. It makes her thinking fuzzy. When Mom’s doctors stopped by and she wanted to ask a question, she was often thwarted by her own poor memory – unable to come up with the words she was looking for. But patients of all kinds, seeing doctors for complaints as mundane as a strep throat to those more complicated, often forget what doctors tell them — from when to follow up to how long to use a medication and so on.