You and your doctor

Your doctor's experience does not always have to be a rushed one with lengthy waiting time. Optimize your time at the doctor's office by knowing how to prepare for your visit. The National Institutes of Health suggests that you should have an open dialogue with your doctor. Your doctor and you should work as teammates - they have the medical background, but you know your body best.

Below are some tips to better communicate with your doctor:

- Write down a list of question and concerns before your appointment

- Don't be afraid to interrupt and ask questions

- Consider bringing a close friend or family member with you

- Take notes about what the doctor says

- Learn how to access your medical records, so you can keep track of test results, diagnoses, treatments plans, and medications

- Ask for the doctor's contact information and their preferred method of communication

- Remember that nurses and pharmacists are also good sources of information

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