14 Steps to a Successful Visit With Your Doctor

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A successful visit to the doctor.

Follow these steps to ensure a quality visit and the healthiest you possible.

 

The average doctor visit lasts only about 15 minutes. Are you doing everything possible to get the most from it? Follow these 14 steps to ensure a quality visit and the healthiest you possible.

Before your appointment

  • Provide the office with your current and complete medical history
  • Write a detailed account of your problems and symptoms. Be clear and specific.
  • Track the results of home tests like weight, temperature, blood sugar, and blood pressure and bring to the appointment.
  • Bring a list of medications and dosages that you take. Include prescription, over-the-counter and vitamin and herbal supplements.
  • Write down your most pressing questions for the doctor.

 

During your appointment

  • Ask these questions: What is my main problem? What do I need to do? Why is it important for me to do this?
  • If you don’t understand something, ask the doctor to explain it further.
  • Be honest. Don’t hold back information even if it’s embarrassing.
  • Bring a friend or family member to help interpret information.
  • Bring test results and contact information from other doctors.

 

After your appointment

  • Follow your doctor’s recommendations.
  • If you have additional questions, call the office.
  • Schedule follow-up visits and labs. Don’t skip them even if you feel better.
  • Take medications as prescribed.