Finding a Doctor
Tips for the doctor's office
You may not always need to share all of your information with every doctor you see but the following items are particularly important:
A list of all of your medications and needed refills, a summary of your medical history, a list of your recent tests, a list of your questions, concerns and new information, forms your doctor needs to address,
Prepare your questions and a list of your symptoms, ( For example, racing heart, blisters, etc) Be concise. When you schedule your appointment, ask if you should have test results or other medical records sent to the doctor’s office before your visit. Nothing is worse than rescheduling for new tests you could have taken earlier or not had with you.
Be on time. Give and expect respect. Bring your lists and tell the doctor what you want to discuss and your goals for the visit. Be as brief as possible. Communication is an especially important skill. Make every word count because the doctor may only have 15 minutes to spend with you.
Often patients have questions they forgot to ask. If it is urgent, call the office right away. Otherwise, check the educational materials to see if the question can be answered there.