There are many of us that feel when we see our doctors we are hurried through a visit, don't get to discuss all we wanted to, or get out of the office and remember you have questions that did not get answered and so forth. It seems all of our physicians now are "overbooked" and "under staffed", or they just stretch themselves too "thin", thus we don't get the undivided attention we want and should have when visiting our doctors office. Here is an article about how to make the most out of your doctors visit.
Before I post it, I wanted to give you a few of my tips, even before I
read the information. :) I ALWAYS go in with a LIST! I first of all,
carry lists of my current medications, my current doctors with phone
numbers, addresses, and FAX numbers. I carry a list of EVERYTHING I want
to speak to the doctor about, questions, concerns, symptoms, side
effects of medications, new things I have read online and so forth. If
this is a doctor I don't see very often, I start my list even a week
before the appointment. That way I have time to "remember" all of those
questions and/or comments I had been thinking about since the last
visit. With the age of the internet, if I read an article, see a new
medication online, or see anything I think maybe pertinent to my office
visit, I print it to take with me. They may not have time to read it
then, but it is there to scan over and possibly hold answers for you
when they have time to read it. IF the visit is with a brand NEW
physician I check to see if they have a website where I can download the
new patient information to fill out and take with me. This saves a load
of time for you and for the doctor's staff, and the physician. That may
lead into giving you more time with the doctor, rather than filling out
paperwork in the waiting area. If they don't have a website, and the
appointment maybe a month away or more, I ask them if they can mail me
the information so I can fill it out ahead of time. If you have had new
"procedures", tests and so forth, take copies of those results with you,
if possible. I try to get a copy of everything I have done to keep in a
file at home. I scan them into my computer, and keep a file on my
desktop. Then all I have to do, is print it, update medications and so
forth. This saves YOU lots of time hunting for results, or having to
wait until the doctor requests the information, thus holding back a
possibly diagnosis, or them wanting you to have the test again, and so
forth. Now I will post this page about their tips... I will see how
closely they are to my way of trying to make quality time with my
physicians or what they may also advise...
"Through my heart's work of writing, I share with you my complex journey a top the mountain, sliding down, crawling up, & living through the realms of Autoimmune Arthritic Illnesses. Taming "The Wolf" Thru each Day... One Step at a Time … Together We Are Learning to Survive. Please follow along, to New Beginnings - looking Thru the Window Pane of Pain in life where we shall find our journey leading us to - New Perspectives
Wednesday, October 23, 2013
Getting the most Quality Time out of A Doctor's Visit
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