Health Care and Transition
Talking with Your Doctors
Since you are a young adult, you need to be able to communicate
with your doctors and other health care professionals. Many young
people have found the GLADD approach to talking with health care
professionals to be very helpful.
Give Listen Ask Decide Do
Give information about how you are feeling and what you have done
to stay healthy. Also give your doctor information about how your
condition is affecting your every day life, and what your concerns
Listen and Learn. Listen carefully to your health care providers
and learn all you can from them about your condition and what you
can do to be healthy.
Ask your doctors the questions you have about your health.
do not understand what you are being told, let the professional know,
and ask them to explain it in a different way.
Decide. At every visit with a health care
professional, decisions need to be made about what to do next. Make
sure that you play an active role in the decision making, since,
at 18, you are the one who must agree to the plan of care.
Do. Do your part in following the plan!