Getting the Most from Your Physician Visit

To ensure you are receiving the best care available, it is important for you to take an active role in your own health care. You can raise questions and concerns, and provide your physicians with information that will help them make solid recommendations. Preparation will help you make the most of your visit.

Bring a list of questions and go over it with your physician. You are encouraged to ask the following three questions:

  • What is my main problem?
  • What do I need to do?
  • Why is it important for me to do this?

We also suggest that you:

  • Know your family’s medical history.
  • Get laboratory tests or procedures done in advance so your physician has the results.
  • Make sure your physician is aware of any changes in your family’s medical history.
  • Bring your spouse, a family member or a friend to ask questions and provide support if you are nervous about your appointment.

Most importantly, speak up. Any opinions, concerns or anxieties you have about your condition or treatment may influence your course of treatment. Be sure to let your physician know about them.