How to Prepare for a Doctor Visit
Date Published: August 28th, 2015
There are so many things to think about when going to the doctor: your reason for the visit, medical history, medications, insurance coverage- just to name a few. It can all be overwhelming and by the time you get in for your appointment and are face to face with your doctor, you may forget some important details of your concerns.
The following are some helpful tips to make the most out of your face time with your provider.
- When scheduling your appointment be specific about the reason for your visit. If you later realize you need an additional concern addressed please call and let us know as soon as possible. Many providers require additional time for certain types of appointments or multiple concerns.
- Have a complete list of your medications and allergies ready, even if you don’t think it is relevant to your visit. This includes oral or topical prescriptions with dosage, over the counter meds and vitamins or supplements.
- If you are coming in for a second opinion, be sure to bring names of anything that you have previously tried . Chart notes or other records can also be helpful.
- Your medical history is an important part of your record. Be sure to provide information regarding any pertinent issues.
- Don’t be afraid to give details pertaining to the reason for your visit to the nurse or MA taking your history. The more information we have for the doctor before they come in the room, the less time he/she spends collecting this data themselves. Many of the questions we ask are directly requested by your doctor and not meant to be annoying.
Providing clear and concise information allows us to better address your needs in a timely matter and give you an optimal patient experience. Want to avoid unnecessary frustrations? Read these helpful hints: Medical Visits.
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