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|Tips for Talking to Your Doctor|
Taking an active role in your health
care can help you get the best care possible from your doctor. One
way to do this is to improve your relationship with your doctor. The
following are some tips to help you and your doctor improve your
health care together.
Talk to your
Any information about current and past
health care issues or concerns will help your doctor during the
appointment. It's important to share any information you can, even
if you're embarrassed. The following are some things to tell your
doctor during the exam:
- Any symptoms you are having.
- Your health history. You can create a ďhealth journalĒ for
yourself on paper or in a notebook, and bring it to your
- Personal information, including whether you are stressed or if
your life is changing.
- Any medicines you are currently taking. Bring them with you or
create a list of all your medicines. Include information about
when and how often you take the medicine. You should also write
down the strength of the medicine (for example, do you take 150 mg
or 200 mg?).
- Any side effects you have from your medicine(s), especially if
it makes you feel sick or if you think you may be allergic to it.
- Any vitamins or supplements you take.
- Any x-rays, tests results or medical records you have can be
brought with you to the appointment.
Ask your doctor
Don't be afraid to speak up. It's important
for you to let your doctor know if you donít understand something.
If you donít ask questions, your doctor will think you understand
everything he or she has told you. The following are some tips on
asking your doctor questions during the exam:
- Ask every time you don't understand something.
- If you have questions before the appointment, just write them
down and ask them during the exam. Be sure to write down the most
important questions first to make sure they get answered.
- Tell your doctor when you need more time to talk about
something. If the doctor isnít available to help, you should be
able to talk to a physician assistant or a nurse. If no one else
is available, see if you can schedule another appointment to
continue your talk.
Take information home with
Taking written or recorded information home
with you can help you remember information and instructions any time
you need to. Your doctor is a good source of accurate information
you can trust. The following are types of information you can take
home with you:
- Notes that you have taken during the appointment. It's ok for
you to write down the information your doctor gives you. Sometimes
it helps to bring a friend or family member with you. They can
help write down the answers to your questions.
- Written instructions from your doctor.
- A tape recording. Ask your doctor if it's ok to bring a tape
recorder to the appointment.
- Brochures or other educational materials. If there aren't any
available, ask where you can find some.
Follow up with your
Make sure to follow any instructions your
doctor gave you during the appointment, like taking medicine,
scheduling a test or scheduling an appointment with a specialist. If
youíre confused or if you've forgotten some information, it's ok to
contact your doctor. The following are some common reasons you may
need to call your doctor:
- If you have any questions after the appointment. Ask to leave
a message with the doctor or speak with a nurse.
- If you start to feel worse or have problems with your
- If you had tests and havenít gotten the results.