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Be More Engaged in Your Health

Updated: Apr 19, 2023

Doctor & Patient Engagement

Be More Engaged in Your Healthcare

Tips for Patients Here are some tips to use before, during, and after your medical appointment to make sure you get the best possible care. One way you can make sure you get good quality healthcare is to be an active member of your healthcare team. Patients who ask questions and make sure they understand the answers tend to get more timely, accurate diagnoses and have better outcomes. Before Your Appointment

  • Bring all the medicines you take to your appointment. This includes:

    • Prescription medicines.

    • Non-prescription medicines, such as aspirin or antacids.

    • Vitamins

    • Dietary or herbal supplements.

  • Write down the questions you have for the visit. Use this brochure to list your questions.

  • Know your current medical conditions, past surgeries, and illnesses.

During Your Appointment

  • Explain your symptoms, health history, and any problems with medicines you have taken in the past.

  • Ask questions to make sure you understand what your doctor is telling you.

  • Let your doctor know if you are worried about being able to follow his or her instructions.

  • If your doctor recommends a treatment, ask about options.

  • If you need a test, ask:

    • How the test is done.

    • How it will feel.

    • What you need to do to get ready for it.

    • How you will get the results.

  • If you need a prescription, tell your doctor if you are pregnant, are nursing, have reactions to medicines, or take vitamins or herbal supplements.

  • Find out what to do next. Ask for:

    • Written instructions.

    • Brochures.

    • Videos.

    • Web sites.

After Your Appointment

  • Always follow your doctor's instructions.

  • If you do not understand your instructions after you get home, call your doctor

  • Talk with your doctor or pharmacist before you stop taking any medicines that your doctor prescribed.

  • Call your doctor if your symptoms get worse or if you have problems following the instructions.

  • Make appointments to have tests done or see a specialist if you need to.

  • Call your doctor's office to find out test results. Ask what you should do about the results.

My Questions for This Visit You might have questions about:

  • Your medicines.

  • A medical test you need.

  • A surgery you need.

What are the top three questions you want to be sure to ask during your appointment? List them here:

  1. __________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________

  2. __________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________

  3. __________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________


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