Getting the most from a visit to your doctor

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Make the best use of a short time that you have for your appointment.
• Arrive on time
Promptness helps ensure an unhurried visit.
• Know your own and your family’s medical history

Your previous medical conditions and those of blood-related family members are important. Be prepared to discuss them in detail with your doctor.


• Bring someone along if you feel comfortable
An extra set of ears can help. Someone else may help think of additional questions or help you understand instructions.
• Bring a list of concerns
Once you’re in the doctor’s office, it’s easy to forget health issues you want to discuss. A list will jog your memory, but keep it brief. Include only issues of primary concern.

• Bring your medications
Show your doctor all your medications in their original bottles so your doctor can see the dosage and types of drugs.
• Answer questions accurately and completely
Your doctor needs facts on which to base an accurate diagnosis and treatment plan.
• Speak up
If you have questions or doubts about your diagnosis or treat- ment, express them. For example, your doctor should explain the benefits of a medication, its possible side effects and how long it will take to work. Don’t leave until your questions are addressed and resolved.

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