Make the Most of Your Appointment
Your health matters to us and we want to make sure you make the most of your appointment. Here are some helpful hints as you prepare for your upcoming appointment(s).
Before visiting your Medical Home
When making the appointment, tell them about your concerns so the right amount of time will be scheduled for your visit. If it’s your first visit to your Medical Home or with a new doctor, be prepared to provide your medical history.
- Provide information about any diseases that may run in your family.
- Describe all of your current and past health problems and treatments.
- Bring the containers for any prescription and over-the-counter medicines, herbs, supplements, or vitamins you are taking.
Write down a few things before you go to the doctor. It can make a BIG difference!
A short description of your health problem should include a list of symptoms and details on when the problem started, where it is, what it feels like, and if there is anything you do that makes it worse or better.
- A list of all medications you are taking should include how much and how often you take prescription and over-the-counter medicine, as well as herbs, supplements and vitamins.
- Any questions you would like to ask your doctor.
While you are at your Medical Home
When talking with your doctor, remember that your health is worth his or her time.
- Clearly describe your health concern (symptoms, when it started, where it is, what it feels like)
- Ask questions until you are sure that the doctor understands your concerns and completely answers your questions
- Ask for written information if you are not sure you will be able to remember everything
- Don’t forget about your emotional health; it affects your physical health. So mention all mental health concerns, not just physical ones
Before leaving your Medical Home, find out:
- If and when you should return for another visit
- Whether you need to call in for any test results or for a report on your condition
- If there are certain warning signs you should watch for
- Whether there are materials you could take home or a website you should visit to learn more about your diagnosis or treatment
It’s a good idea to write as much down during and after your appointment because most people have trouble remembering everything their doctor said.
Never leave your Medical Home uncertain about your diagnosis or treatment.