Preparing for Your Appointment
Before the visit
Collect the following information
before your visit. Take it with you to your appointment.
- Gather any medical records for previous
treatment for the same or a similar problem.
- Make a list of all
prescription and nonprescription medicines you are taking.
During the visit
- State your main problem or reason for your
- Describe your symptoms.
- Describe your past
experiences with this problem.
- State how this problem is affecting
After the visit
- What your health professional thinks the
problem might be.
- What you might expect to happen
- What you can do to manage your problem at home.
Questions to ask about medicines, tests, and treatments
- What is the name of the medicine, test, or
- Why is it needed?
- What are the
- What are potential side effects?
- Are there
- How much does it cost?
- Is the cost of
the medicine covered by my insurance?
- What will happen if I decide
not to have treatment?
- How do I take this medicine?
will this medicine react with other medicines I am taking?
- How do I
prepare for each test or treatment?
Questions to ask at the end of your visit
- When should I return for another
- When will test results be available?
- Should I contact you or will you contact
- Be sure to ask for copies of any test results.
- Are there any danger signs that I need to look
- What else do I need to know?
For more information, see the topic
Making the Most of Your Appointment.
WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise
October 30, 2006
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