HEALTHY LIVING
07/10/2009 05:12 am ET | Updated Nov 17, 2011

How To Talk To Your Doctor

What do you want from your doctor, especially if you have a serious or life-threatening illness?

Researchers who conducted interviews a few years ago with 192 patients at the Mayo Clinics in Scottsdale, Ariz., and Rochester, Minn., identified seven "ideal physician behaviors." Patients want their doctors to be "confident, empathetic, humane, personal, forthright, respectful and thorough," the researchers wrote in Mayo Clinic Proceedings in 2006.

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