When you ask questions and take time to learn about your condition, you get better health results.
To make the most of your time with your doctor, be sure to:
- Prepare a list of questions and topics you want to discuss before your appointment.
- Bring your medical records to your doctor’s office if he or she doesn’t already have them.
- Give your doctor a full account of your medical history, including family-related risks and previous illnesses or surgeries.
- Make sure your doctor knows about all the medications you’re taking so he or she can rule out potential drug interactions.
- Describe your symptoms quickly and clearly, even if they don’t seem relevant to your current medical issue. What seems minor to you could mean a lot to your doctor.
- Listen to your doctor’s advice, but know that it’s okay to question a diagnosis or seek a second opinion. Best Doctors is a great resource for getting a second opinion.
- Make follow-up appointments as needed. It’s a good way to check in with your doctor and progress on any health issues you’re managing.