The best way to prep for a medical appointment is...
Visiting the doctor on a yearly basis can be a hard task. Everyone is so busy. Arranging schedules can take away from the purpose of seeing your provider in the first place — to get answers.
Plenty of questions are asked of us, but we often fail to ask our questions during the visit. Most providers end their check-ups with “What questions do you have for me?” We often miss the chance to voice our concerns, by not asking questions. We are responsible for our health as a patient.
How should you prepare for your office visit and what questions should you ask? Below is a list of useful information that your doctor may ask for during your exam. Using an electronic health record can also help make organization of health information easy.
- Current and past medical conditions
- Current medications, bring the bottle or prescription
- Dates of check-ups, surgeries, and immunizations
- Emergency contact, Advanced directives, Preferred pharmacy location information
Questions and concerns In general, the patient should always ask the doctor ‘Why is it important to me?’ and ‘What should I do next?’ These questions can open the door for more information and provide a basis of knowledge. The Center for Advancing Health suggests some more questions for the visit:
- Have there been any changes in my health?
- What health behaviors should I start/stop?
- Are there suggested screenings for my gender/ age group?
- Is this a permanent or temporary condition?
- How is it treated, what options do I have, and how do I know if it is working?
- What signs and symptoms should I immediately
- How long will it take to feel better?
- What resources are available?
- What is it being prescribed and why?
- How long will I be taking it?
- What are the side effects?
- Are there over the counter or generic options?
- How should I take the medication?
The first step to getting an answer is asking a question. It is important to remember that no question is silly. A moment of openness can lead to a lifetime of good health. The best advice to take control of your healthistobeawareofyour health. Remember to prepare for a visit and to be vocal. Resources for visiting the doctor can be found at Ok2Ask.us.
Emily Shallow is an RN student with UW-Oshkosh Accelerated Nursing Program
Tagged: Health Literacy