Have you ever left your doctor's appointment (nurse practitioner or other health care provider) and realized that you forgot to ask him or her important questions relative to your visit? It often happens to patients. You're not alone.
Here are a few simple tips that you may find helpful for your next appointment.
- It is helpful to be prepared and to be empowered. Before you visit with your doctor, write down any questions that you may have. Be well prepared and organized. Keep your questions very specific. At the beginning of your visit, let your doctor know that you do have a list of very specific questions that you would like to ask. By mentioning this in the beginning of the visit, your doctor is now aware that you have questions. You are giving your doctor a "heads up" so they can accommodate your questions.
The doctor/patient relationship is very important (and your relationship with any other practitioners).
It is important that you trust your doctor (and other practitioners) and that you feel comfortable. Trust, partnership and communication are vital for a vibrant doctor/patient relationship and good patient outcomes.
What has been your experience with your visit with your doctor? Do you feel rushed? Do you get all your questions answered? Do you write your questions beforehand? Do you take notes? Share your experiences with us, we would love to hear from you.