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Here’s how to make the most of your next doctor’s visit;

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.

Writing a few things down before you go to the doctor will 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.

During your visit 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).
  • Writing information down in advance of your visit
    is always helpful.
  • 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.
  • Make sure your doctor is aware of the prescription and over-the-counter medicines, herbs, supplements and vitamins you’re taking.

At the end of your Medical Home visit, 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.

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