Doctors today get very little time with patients to tease out every detail. Prepare carefully for meetings with doctors. Especially if you want to be sure your doctor has all the important information about your problems and has the necessary time to answer all your questions. Better communication between patients and doctors helps the doctor understand the patients condition thoroughly and leads to better treatment outcomes.
Whenever you are going to meet doctor think about what you want to accomplish. Make a list of what you want to talk about. If there are multiple issues, prioritize them. Don’t forget to carry your medical records, any charts, test reports and other important information with you.
Write your questions down to make the conversation easier and complete. It’s easy to think what you’re being told will sink in and you will remember, but the details can fade away quickly. Especially when there has been significant discussion. Rather than take a chance on missing something out write your notes down right after the discussion.
Your doctor is the person who should answer any of your medical questions. But other questions, such as directions to a testing center, or the time of your next appointment, or where you should park your car, can be asked of the clinic staff. This way you will make best use of the important medical aspects of your care.
One final recommendation is to repeat back to your doctor what you’ve understood and instructed to do. If you can recite back what you were told, it’s more likely that you understand and retain that information once you’re out of the office. Do all you can to remember doctor’s orders so that you can follow them as intended.