Little White Coat Lies: Why Little Lies to Your Doctor Could Hurt Your Health
What to Do on Your Doctor VisitPatient Pet Peeves: Doctors Dish on their Dislikes
Doorknob dawdlers: "Many patients bring up their biggest worry when the physician is leaving the room. Jot down a list of concerns and share them the moment the doctor walks into the room, before the exam or any procedure starts, so there is time to talk." - Mark Moyad, M.D.
Scale scaredy-cats: "Lots of women refuse to step on the scale, but weight plays an important role in overall health. If I can't follow your weight from year to year, I can't give you the best counsel about your health." - Mary Jane Minkin, M.D.
Pill stoppers: "I can't tell you how often I write prescriptions only to find out that the patient never had any intention of taking the medicine or that she stopped taking it without letting me know. Tell me if you're concerned about side effects and we'll find a different treatment plan." -Gary Fischer, M.D.8 Questions You Should Be Asking Your Doctor
Use our checklist to ask all the right questions at your next visit:
-How would you rate my health?
-What can I do to improve my health?
-How soon can I expect a call with test results?
-How should I take this medicine and for how long?
-What side effects are likely?
-What do I do if they occur?
-Whom do I contact if I have questions later about my diagnosis or treatment?
-When do you want to see me again?
Originally published in Fitness Magazine, October 2011.
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