Research shows that patients who are more involved with their care get better results. This checklist will help you get the most out of your visit.
Before You Go
- Find out the basics, including address and parking. Always bring your insurance card and referral, if your plan requires it.
- If you have more than one problem, tell the receptionist when you schedule your appointment.
- Bring all relevant medical records with you, including lab tests, X-Rays, etc.
- Make written lists of:
- All medicines, herbs and vitamins you take
- Your medical history, including treatments for any conditions
- Your questions and concerns
5. Ask a friend or family member to come with you. If you need a translator, bring an adult, not a child.
6. Wear loose clothing that’s easy to take off and put on. If you have a physical therapy appointment, wear athletic shoes and clothing that makes it easy for you to move around.
At the Doctor's Office
- Arrive 15 minutes early.
- Be honest and complete when you talk to your doctor. Don’t hold back about issues you might think are embarrassing.
- Take notes and ask questions if you don’t understand something. Please stick to the matter at hand.
- Ask what to expect, how treatment will affect your life, and what you can do to keep the problem from getting worse.
- Ask your doctor for handouts, brochures or websites you can review at home.
- Talk to physician assistants, nurses or therapists with questions or concerns.
When You Get Home
- Follow the doctor’s instructions. Take all of the medicine you are prescribed, and make sure you follow the prescribed diet or exercise routine.
- If your condition changes, tell your doctor.
- Follow up with your doctor on test results, bad reactions to medication, or if your condition gets worse.
What to Bring to your Appointment:
- Insurance card
- Films, MRI or X-ray scans (current for the involved body part)
- Previous operation notes (current for the involved body part)