So, in addition to blogging, teaching BODYPUMP, being Luke’s Mom, Scott’s wife, runner and cupcake eater, I am a family practice doctor. I work in a small town in southern MN. And I LOVE it. And I am really passionate about all of my patients getting the most out of their time with me! Also, I think the relationship you have with your doctor is super important and there are a few things that I would love to tell all of my patients.
So, here are a few of my tips from getting the most from your doctor and from your visit. . .
Tip #1. Tell the scheduler everything – they set the length of appointment i.e. the time you have with your doctor. At my clinic they can schedule a 15, 30 or 45 minute apt depending on what you are being seen for.
Tip #2. Tell the nurse everything – ok well not everything, but make sure to tell the nurse everything that you want to talk to the doctor about. They are the first step to making sure that you accomplish everything you want from your visit with your doctor. It also helps to make sure that nothing gets forgotten and also helps your doctor to organize their thoughts and visit plan before even coming in the room with you.
at my little sister’s nursing graduation. She is a nurse in Labor and Delivery.
Tip #3. Bring ALL of your medications – prescription, over the counter, supplements, vitamins, your friend’s medication that you took that one time that really helped, etc. If you can’t bring the bottles, at least write down names in your phone, because it is really hard for your doctor to guess what medication you had that one time that started with a “B.”
Tip #4. Be honest. No, seriously. You won’t tell your doctor anything that they haven’t heard before. This is the time to be 100% truthful. Because if your doctor doesn’t know, they can’t help you.
Tip #5. Ask questions. Make sure you understand what the plan is from your doctor. Don’t be afraid to ask questions, clarify, ask for next steps, etc.
Now, obviously, this isn’t an all-inclusive list, but it is a good start.
What tips do you have to make sure that you have a successful visit with your doctor?