Most people think that simply showing up to the doctor’s office is enough to get the most out of their doctor’s appointments. Especially if you are someone who is juggling a lot of medical health needs, it can be helpful to take the time to prepare a little bit more for your appointments, even at a routine health check-up. Usher Khan is a medical assistant and registered orthopedic tech who has spent time volunteering in hospital settings. As someone who works directly with patients, he gives his advice for preparing for a doctor’s appointment to help you get the most out of your time with the doctor:
- Make a list of everything you want to discuss with your doctor. Make sure to talk about the most important things first. If you have been experiencing symptoms and are seeking a diagnosis, write down all of your symptoms, when they started, and any possible triggers for your symptoms.
- Bring a list of all medication and vitamins you take, including any herbal or holistic remedies you use.
- Bring a close family member or friend if you think this will be helpful to you. They can help remind you of what you want to talk about with the doctor, provide moral support, and take notes about what the doctor says.
- Make sure to keep the doctor informed of anything that has happened in your life that could effect your health. If you have had changes in weight, sleep, energy, or appetite, you should bring this up. If you have concerns about how a new medication if effecting you, talk to them about it as well.