Do you have an open and honest dialogue with your
doctor about your health? Your answer to this question could affect the
quality of care you receive. An open discussion with your doctor is
critical to ensure you are getting the care you need.
Below are some tips to keep in mind for your next
visit to the doctor. Remember, your doctor wants to provide you with the
best care possible and needs all of your health information to provide
you with the best diagnosis and treatment options.
If you believe you are at risk for a blood condition,
be sure you are prepared to talk to your doctor about it. A doctor’s
office is usually busy, so make the most of your visit by preparing in
Before Your Visit
- Prepare questions to discuss.
- Make a list of your symptoms and health
- Make a list of medications you are currently
During Your Visit
- Bring someone with you for moral support such as
a friend or family member.
- Arrive in plenty of time to fill out any medical
and insurance forms. Answer all health- and family history-related
- Do not withhold any information from your
doctor. Even if you think it might not be important, make sure you
mention it because it might be something your doctor needs to know in
order to prescribe the best treatment.
- When speaking with your doctor, make sure you
understand the diagnosis and the next steps you should take.
- If there is a word or phrase you do not
understand, ask your doctor to explain it in a way that will make sense
- Do not be afraid or embarrassed to ask about
symptoms or concerns; remember, your doctor has dealt with similar
- Prior to leaving the doctor’s office, make sure
you know what the follow-up plan or arrangements are.
After Your Visit
- Call your doctor’s office with any additional
questions you did not get to ask or that may have occurred to you after
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