Your Virtual Pharmacist!-How To Talk To Your Doctor!

by Kathy Sykes on March 16, 2011 · 0 comments

How do you prepare for visits to your doctor? Maybe your idea of preparation is scheduling the appointment and showing up. Taking the time to make a list of the issues you want to discuss or putting your question down on paper can make each visit to the doctor more beneficial. Having a plan before you arrive not only makes it easier for you to communicate with the doctor, but it also allows you and your doctor to work together as a team to make sure you get the best possible healthcare. Here is a basic plan you can follow to help you have a better visit.

  1.  Make sure you have a doctor you feel comfortable with.
  2. Write down any questions you have and put them in order of how important they are to you. Include any new symptoms or bothersome health issues that have taken place since your last visit.
  3. Bring a list of all medications you take, prescription and non-prescription.
  4. Be sure to communicate any life changing issues to your doctor (job stress, divorce, family death, etc).
  5. Ask for feedback and don’t forget to ask the doctor what his/her plan is for your care
  6. Follow up with your doctor if you have not received any feedback within 1 to 2 weeks of your visit.

 It is important that we become proactive when it comes to our healthcare. By following these simple steps you can assists your doctor in assessing your care.

****Article contributed to A Wife, Mother, First Lady by Nanette Hartley, registered pharmacist, Houston, TX

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