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A visit to the doctor’s office can be stressful and intimidating, but there are steps you can take to get the most out of your doctor’s visit:

  • Before you visit, write down your questions.
  • Bring them to your office visit; ask the most important questions first; and make sure you get answers to your top two or three concerns.
  • Before you visit, write your list of symptoms and details and what the symptoms were like when they started.
  • If you have diabetes or hypertension, bring your home-monitoring records.
  • Bring all your medications, including herbal supplements and vitamins.
  • Bring a tape recorder or a health care folder or notebook to write down the doctor’s responses to your questions; advice about treatment and other information about treatment and follow-up.
  • If you feel you need support in communicating with the doctor, remembering information, or if you have a complicated health problem, have a friend or relative accompany you to be your advocate and to help you remember information.
  • Ask the doctor to write down his/ her responses to your questions. Let the doctor know if you do not understand anything.
  • Before you leave the office, make sure that you understand your condition, your treatments, when you need to meet the goals prescribed by your doctor, and when you need to follow-up with another visit.
  • After the visit, follow through with the plan discussed during the visit.
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A visit to the doctor’s office can be stressful and intimidating, but there are steps you can take to get the most out of your doctor’s visit: Before you visit, write down your questions. Bring them to your office visit; ask the most important questions first; and make sure you get answers...