Make the Most of Every Visit

Make the Most of Every Visit

Cultivate a good relationship with your doctor by sharing information, asking questions and listening actively. The more involved you are in your care, the more satisfied you’ll be. Here are some suggestions to help you make the most of your doctor’s visit:

  • Tell your doctor what you think he or she needs to know about your symptoms and health history. Don't neglect family and personal information, even if it makes you feel embarrassed or uncomfortable. Bring a completed health history with you.
  • Bring any medicines you are taking, or a list of those medicines (include when and how often you take them). Talk about any allergies or reactions you have had to your medicines.
  • Tell your doctor about any natural or alternative medicines or treatments you are undergoing.
  • Bring other medical information, such as X-ray films, test results and medical records (if available).
  • Ask questions. If you don't, your doctor may think you understand everything that was said.
  • Bring someone along to help you ask questions. This person can also help you understand and/or remember the answers.
  • Ask your doctor to draw pictures if you think that might help you better understand something.
  • Take notes. Some doctors do not mind if you bring a tape recorder, but always ask first.
  • Ask for written instructions, brochures or videotapes to help you.
  • Once you leave the doctor's office, follow up with questions, appointments for lab work or procedures, or additional appointments as needed.

Print a Health History Form to bring with you >