6 Tips to Getting the Most Out of a Doctor's Visit

Chris Regal | Sept 28, 2012

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Do you ever visit the doctor and wish you had remembered all the questions you were going to ask? Or that you were - figuratively - speaking the same language? Here are some tips to ensure that you and your doctor are on the same page.

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Find a doctor that best fits your needs

Each doctor will have a different approach, office and staff, and a slightly different bias.

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Write down a list of questions

Spend a few minutes during the days before your appointment and jot down questions you might have.  Bring your notes, ask questions and get answers.

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Take notes during your visit

Don’t spend time transcribing your visit; write down a work, medication, or something else you may want to research later.

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Ask a loved one to come with you

It helps to have someone there for support or to think of additional questions.

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Ask your doctor to repeat anything you missed

Don’t be afraid to ask a doctor to repeat him or herself.  It may be necessary to schedule a follow-up to discuss questions that come up later.

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Ask for a second opinion

Any good doctor who is confident in what he or she does should not mind.  Doctors should welcome a second opinion because it should confirm findings, making the patient more comfortable with treatment options.