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Talking With Your Doctor

Summary

How well you and your doctor communicate with each other is one of the most important parts of getting good health care. Being prepared can help you make the most of your visit, whether it is in person or through telehealth. Here are some things you can do to make the most of your appointment:

  • Make lists of your concerns, any allergies and all the medicines, herbs, or vitamins you take
  • Write down a description of symptoms - when they started, what makes them better, what makes them worse, etc.
  • Ask a trusted friend or family member to be with you during the appointment
  • Take notes during your appointment
  • Learn how to access your medical records, so you can keep track of test results, diagnoses, treatments plans, and medicines
  • Ask for your doctor's contact information and find out the best way to communicate with him or her

Make sure you understand your diagnosis and any treatments. If you don't understand your doctor's responses, ask questions until you do understand. Ask your doctor for written instructions if you need them. Find out where else you can go for further information.

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