Tips to help you get the most from a visit to your healthcare provider:
Know the reason for your visit and what you want to happen.
Before your visit, write down questions you want answered.
Bring someone with you to help ask questions and remember what you learned.
At the visit, write down important information
- new diagnosis
- new medicines
- new instructions your provider gives you
- If you have a follow-up appointment, write down the date, time, and purpose for that visit
Learn why a new medicine or treatment is prescribed and how it will help you. Also ask what the side effects are.
Learn if there are other ways to treat your condition.
Learn why a test or procedure is recommended and what the results could mean.
Learn what to expect if you do not take the medicine or have the test or procedure.
Learn how you can contact your provider if you have questions.