Get to the point: The typical doctor’s office visit ranges from 10 to 20 minutes, which may be why they often interrupt patients after only 23 seconds. So right away, concisely explain why you are there. “Communicate the most important thing to your doctor first,” says Marvin M. Lipman, M.D., Consumer reports chief medical advisor. If you have a few problems, focus on two or three, leading with the one that concerns you the most. Writing down concerns beforehand can help organize you thoughts and ensure you don’t forget anything.
Talk about all the treatments. Let your doctor know about all prescription and over-the-counter drugs, supplements, and herbs you take regularly. And if you didn’t finish or fill a prescription, fess up. Otherwise your doctor may assume it didn’t work and prescribe a more powerful medication or a higher dose.
Know your health history: Being able to talk about your previous medical problems and procedures can make an office visit much more efficient. Write it all down if it’s complicated.
Take notes: Jot down key information “Doctors like patients who write things down and are organized,” advises John Santa, M.D., a medical advisor at Consumer Reports. It says that this person is more likely to do what he is suggesting.”
Source: Consumer Reports on Health November 2015
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