Your relationship with your primary care doctor can boost your health in more ways than one. Several studies emphasize that a positive doctor-patient relationship can boost your health outcomes, from a case of the sniffles to caring for a chronic conditions. These tips can help you get the most out of your next doctor visit — and stay on track with your long-term health, too.
What Your Primary Care Doctor Needs From You
Volunteer the following information at your next doctor visit, especially if you’re seeing a new primary care physician for the first time.
Communicate Your Preferences
Tell your doctor how you prefer to receive medical information. Are you more interested in-depth medical details or do you prefer simple instructions? Tell your doctor your preferences so he or she can tailor your care to your communication style.
Share Your Health History
Share all you can about your current symptoms, your health and family history and any allergies.
Bring a List of Medications
Write down all your medications, including vitamins and supplements, and bring the list with you.
Provide Medical Records
If this is your first appointment with a new doctor, bring X-rays, test results and any other relevant records from other medical providers. You may need to call ahead to have those records transferred. If your previous provider or specialist is part of the AdventHealth network of care, you can access your records through the AdventHealth app.
Get the Details
You deserve to have a clear understanding of your health and your doctor's advice. To get the information that you need, follow these tips:
Write down the questions you have for your doctor before your visit
Don't be embarrassed or afraid to say you don't understand something your doctor says
Take notes during the appointment or bring a family member to do so
Request brochures or other written sources of information about your condition or treatment
Call With Updates or Questions
Call your primary care physician in between visits if you have questions, if you experience side effects from your medicines or if you have new symptoms or a significant change in health status.
Find Your Whole Health Advocate
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