How To Talk With Your Doctor

How To Talk With Your Doctor

doctor talking to her male senior patient at office

Doctor visits are important meetings where information is shared between you, your doctor and often, your caregiver. Here are some tips to make those meeting more productive:

  • Make and take a list of questions and concerns.
  • Think about bringing a family member, friend or caregiver with you to take notes and help keep the visit on track. If you go by yourself, do take notes or ask if you can record the appointment so you don’t miss important instructions.
  • Learn how to access your medical records. Is there a patient portal? Is there someone in the office who is in charge of test/diagnoses/treatment plan/medication information? Get the person’s name and a good way to reach him or her. If possible, ask to meet this person before you leave the appointment. Nurses, pharmacists and PAs can be good sources of information as well.
  • Ask for the doctor’s contact information and how you can expect him or her to communicate with you.
  • Nurses, pharmacists, Pas and others can be good sources of information.

http://www.nih.gov/clearcommunication/talktoyourdoctor.htm

http://newsinhealth.nih.gov/issue/Jun2015/Feature2

 

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