Improve doctor visits by bringing checklists to check ups

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Another in a good series of posts on improving doctor visits. In additional to the usual ‘what to bring’ list, this post provides good guidance on asking the right questions:

If you are given a new diagnosis, find out the following:

  1. How certain are you about this diagnosis?
  2. What else could this be?
  3. Are there other tests that can be performed?
  4. Is there anything in my history that has contributed to this?
  5. How is this treated?
  6. Repeat back what you have heard, to make sure both you and the doctor are on the same page.

Know your next steps. Before you leave, be sure to ask:

  1. What is the follow-up plan?
  2. Who do I call with questions?
  3. When should I schedule my next appointment?

I particularly like the ‘replay’ point, as it helps ensure a common understanding, and helps the doctor know whether he or she has explained things clearly.

Improve doctor visits by bringing checklists to check ups.

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