Whether you are seeing a new doctor, or haven't seen your doctor in a while, the following tips will help to ensure a productive visit. Preparation and communication are key factors in enhancing health outcomes.
Bring a list including:
- All physicians and specialties you are seeing including mental, dental, chiropractic, physical, alternative medical therapies, or occupational health providers
- All prescribed and over-the-counter medications -- include dosage and frequency of each
- Allergies including to medication and food
- Family medical history
- Past and present medical, psychiatric or psychological conditions
Communicate with your doctor:
- Any side effects of, or difficulties with, prescription drug medication
- If visiting because of an injury or pain, describe when and how the incident or symptoms began. If you are in pain, describe the location and whether it spreads to another region. Describe the quality of the pain. For example, is it sharp, dull or throbbing. Describe the pain's duration, what starts and alleviates or stops it, the time of day or night it's most pronounced, or other patterns.
- If coming in with a digestive or urinary complaint, advise your doctor of any changes in the frequency, consistency, or color of your feces or urine.
- Other medical concerns and questions
- Sexual issues and questions
- Alcohol and tobacco consumption
- Exposures to environmental toxic substances
This information provided by the Group Insurance Commission.