Productive Doctor Visits
January 10, 2008
Going for a visit to your doctor's office is the chance for you to get questions answered. But it can be intimidating. After spending the time for the visit, you may still leave confused and frustrated. UT Health Center's Dr. Mom has some pointers on how to make time with your doctor, time well-spent.
An apple a day does not always keep the doctor away. When it is time for your annual exam or when you must see your primary care physician for an illness, make sure you get the most from your appointment.
Use the helpful tips to insure your visit is ideal:
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- When making the appointment, be sure to schedule enough time to talk to your primary care provider about all your concerns.
- Before attending your appointment, write down all questions you may have and any symptoms/ailments about which you want to talk to your physician.
- If you have difficulty remembering or expressing your concerns, ask a trusted friend or relative to go with you to the appointment
- During your appointment be sure to get answers to all your questions and concerns
- Be open and truthful with your doctor
- Take notes; write down what your doctor tells you.
- If you don’t understand something the doctor tell you, don’t be shy – ask him/her to explain it again.
- Before leaving the appointment, make sure you have any prescriptions and a follow up appointment if needed.