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- Prepare for your appointment
It can be an anxious moment in the waiting room as you wait for the doctor to call your name is not the moment to begin preparing for your appointment. You have just 15 to 30 minutes with that doctor. To make the most of your time together—and to ensure you get the care you need—take a few minutes now to learn what you can do to prepare for your next appointment.
- Tools for a successful appointment
Our mission is to help you get the most out of your doctor visits. The key to a successful appointment is communication. You need to communicate your needs, understand your diagnosis, and discuss your treatment options.
- Identify your symptoms
The more accurately and completely you can describe your symptoms, the more likely it is that your doctor can identify your health problem and prescribe an effective course of treatment. Before the appointment, write down all your symptoms, noting when they started and whether they get worse at certain times of day or in certain situations. Also write a brief outline of your medical history, and be sure to list all the medications you’re currently taking.
- Research your symptoms
Once you’ve identified your symptoms, research them. The more you can learn about the possible causes of your symptoms—and what your treatment options may be – the better equipped you’ll be to discuss your care with your doctor and understand his or her instructions.
- Take a health assessment
Ask your doctor if there is a Health Plan you access so you can cover all aspects of your health. The Health Plan, hopefully will have a positive outcome, but if not, any treatment will be addressed sooner rather than later. Better to be safe than sorry.
- Prepare to lead the conversation with your GP.
Sometimes it’s difficult to “find your voice” at the doctor’s office. Prepare a list of questions that feel you would like to ask your doctor before your appointment, that way you will be able to cover everything you are unsure about.
- Understand your procedure
If you need a medical procedure—whether surgery or a diagnostic test, such as a colonoscopy or mammogram—learn all you can about the procedure before your visit so you will understand your options and be able to discuss them with your doctor.
- Make the most of your next appointment
Your relationship with your doctor is a partnership. The better able you are to communicate your needs and understand your options, the more productive your appointment will be and the more likely you are to get the treatment you need. The time you have with your doctor is all too brief. A little preparation will help you make the most of your next appointment.