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Making the Most of Your Appointment

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Overview

Many people are more satisfied with their health care if they share the responsibility with their doctors. Your doctor is an expert on medical care, but you are the expert on yourself. Often there is more than one option for diagnosing or treating a condition.

By being a partner with your doctor, you can help choose the option that best fits your values, beliefs, and lifestyle. You also will feel more confident about carrying out the chosen treatment.

How can you partner with your doctor?

Here are some tips for being a good partner with your doctor:

How do you prepare for each visit?

When you prepare for each visit, it helps your doctor give you better care and helps both of you make the most of the visit. Here's what you can do:

What can you do after each visit?

After your doctor visit, write down:

Follow the instructions your doctor gave you, including filling a prescription, scheduling tests, or making another appointment. Call your doctor if you still have questions or if there is anything you do not understand.

Watch closely for changes in your health, and be sure to contact your doctor if you have any problems or symptoms that concern you. Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety.

Update the medical records that you keep at home, including new test results and medicine changes.

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Credits for Making the Most of Your Appointment

Current as of: March 9, 2022

Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:
Catherine D. Serio PhD - Behavioral Health
Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine


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