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Getting the Most from your Doctor's Appointment

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Getting the Most from your Doctor's Appointment

A visit to the doctor’s office can be a frightening and intimidating matter; however, it is important to make sure you know how to get the most of your doctor’s appointment. Read on for more details to find out how.

One of the most important keys to getting the most our of your doctor’s visit is to initiate two-way communication. It is imperative that you take steps necessary to communicate both your concerns and needs to your doctor as well as make sure you answer any questions he or she has for you open, honestly and completely.

It can often be easy to forget questions you intended to ask your doctor when you are actually there in the office, so it can often be helpful to make a list of questions and concerns you want to cover prior to your appointment.

One of the most important areas that should be covered during your appointment is that of medication. Always make sure you tell your doctor about any medications you are taking, how often you take them and the dosage amounts. This matter is so important most doctors require you to bring in a list of your medications each time you come in for a visit. If you are prescribed a new medicine always make sure you verify the correct dosage with your doctor and ask how long you should take the medication. Also ask about whether there are any potential risks or side effects related to the medication.

It is also important to make sure that you discuss your family history with your doctor when you make an appointment. Since your family history can play a major impact on your health this is an important area to cover. If certain illnesses are present on one or both sides of your family you could be at an increased risk, so be sure to cover this area.

It is also important to discuss important factors related to a healthy lifestyle such as diet and exercise. Based on your lifestyle your doctor may be able to suggest dietary supplements and possible changes that should be made to make sure you enjoy overall good health.

Always be sure to take a pen and notepad with you to each doctor visit. Sometimes it can be difficult to remember all of the information covered in each appointment, but writing down notes can help you to recall critical details later on.

If your doctor covers anything that you do not understand, such as certain terminology, always be sure to ask for an explanation. Doctors can get in the habit of speaking in detailed terminology and forget to break things down for their patients. If you ask, they are usually quite happy to explain something you don’t understand.

When you schedule your next appointment, make sure all of your contact information is updated as well as your insurance information. Ultimately it is your responsibility for making sure you provide recent insurance information and understanding what is covered under your plan and what is not.

If for some reason you are running late or you cannot make your appointment, do be sure to let the office know. Most doctor’s offices run on a very tight schedule and such common courtesy can help to ensure that everyone receives the best care possible in a timely and efficient manner.

Finally, don’t forget to discuss when you should next see your doctor. Ask, as well if there is any additional information that should be obtained prior to your next visit. With effective two-way communication you and your doctor can work together to develop a plan to help you achieve optimal health