A successful doctor-patient relationship starts with good communication and a partnership where both work toward the best outcome. With preparation, you can become an active partner in your health, making sure that you leave each appointment well informed and satisfied with the care received.
Below are some tips you can use to prepare and participate fully during each doctor’s appointment. These research-based suggestions also apply to other healthcare professionals, including counselors, physician assistants, nurse practitioners and other healthcare providers.
Before the Visit
Gather your information and identify key goals for your visit. It may help to make lists that cover important details: your goals for the visit, your symptoms and current medications.
· Your Goals
Are you going to the doctor to solve a problem? If so, be prepared to explain that to your physician. If you’re trying to make sure you’re up to date on screenings, immunizations or other health preventative procedures, be sure to outline those concerns. You’ll want to clearly convey this to the receptionist when maki