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Questions to Ask at Your Appointment

Tips to help you get the most out of your appointment.

Get the Most Out of Your Doctor's Appointment

Remember, it's not your doctor’s appointment, even though that's what we all call it. It's your appointment.

This is your time spent with your doctor or healthcare professional to find answers, receive quality treatment, discuss your options and ask questions.

To get the most out of your appointment, it's a good idea to prepare.

Here are a few things to keep in mind:

  • The most important part of your healthcare team is you.
  • You know more about you than anyone else does.
  • Your doctor can help you more if you are an active partner in your treatment.
  • If you are unhappy with care that you receive, and a talk with your caregiver does not resolve the situation, you can change doctors. How you feel about the care you receive is the most important thing.

Tips

1. Start a list of the medications that you are taking, and keep it updated. This is something you can do right now, even if you aren't planning on seeing a doctor right now. Carry the list in your wallet or purse so that it's handy in case of an emergency.

2. Take notes on your symptoms (when they started, how bad they were, how long they lasted, if they went away and if so, for how long, etc).

3. Bring a trusted friend or family member to your appointment. It often helps to have someone else there to listen and help you make sure your concerns are brought up. Coach your friend or family member on how they can help and support you. You can also bring a small tape recorder to tape the discussion so you can review it later. Ask your doctor if that is ok.

4. Practice asking questions at home with a friend or family member if you know you get a bit nervous when you are with your doctor. It may help you to rehearse the questions so you are familiar with them.

5. When you think of questions you would like to ask your doctor, write them down and keep them handy. Put them in your wallet or purse. That way, you won't have to worry about remembering them at your next appointment.