Preparing for Your Appointment
Communication is the key to making the most out of your office visit. A little preparation before your appointment can help you address all your questions involving any new or ongoing health problems. Keep the following tips in mind:
- When you schedule your appointment, be clear about the purpose of your visit. Specify if you’re coming in for an annual check-up, pregnancy, a particular medical problem, or an ongoing health condition.
- Before your appointment write down a list of specific questions and concerns you want to discuss with your provider. If you’re ill or have noticed unusual changes, make a list of the symptoms you have experienced.
- Always bring a list of your current medications – both prescribed and over-the-counter supplements. You may also want to make sure our office has received any lab results that need to be reviewed.
- During your visit address the most pressing issues first – even the embarrassing ones – so you won’t forget to discuss them. If you don’t understand something your provider has said, don’t hesitate to ask for an additional explanation.
- Be upfront about all aspects of your health and lifestyle when your provider asks about your medical background. Complete and honest answers about personal and family health histories, current diet and exercise habits, sexual practices, and whether you use tobacco, alcohol or drugs will help your provider give the best advice for your health needs.
Being prepared before your visit can help you and your provider make the most of your time together.