To get the most out of an appointment with your health
Listen carefully to what
your health professional says. Make sure you understand what you are told about
any diagnosis or treatment.
If you don't understand something your health professional says, ask for it to
be repeated in a different way.
If your values, beliefs, fears, or concerns may interfere with a treatment that
is suggested, talk with your health professional about it. Other treatment
options may be available.
Take an advocate.
Have a family member or friend with you during your appointment, if possible.
That person can take notes, ask questions to clarify information, and help you
remember what your health professional says.
Ask for instructions. Before leaving your health professional's office, make
sure you know what you are supposed to do to care for yourself. Ask for written
information or instructions.
Primary Medical Reviewer
Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine
Specialist Medical Reviewer
Brian D. O'Brien, MD - Internal Medicine
May 27, 2011
WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise
May 27, 2011
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