Overall, there are 3 types of doctor visits:
1. When You Are Sick:
When preparing for this type of visit, you would like to know, “What illness do I have?”
When you are sick, the doctor will want to know about your illness.
The following are several questions you should be ready to answer:
If the doctor prescribes a new medication, be sure to ask:
2. Follow-Up Visit:
Follow-up visits should help you and your doctor evaluate your treatment progress. The purpose of the follow-up visit is for your doctor to know if you are progressing as expected.The following are several questions to consider on the follow-up visit:
On the other hand, if you have not improved, ask questions for a sick visit and some of the questions for a follow-up visit as listed below. If you have improved, the following type of questions may be used to monitor your progress:
3. Routine Visit:
A routine visit is a “baseline” or reference point for other visits. This is the visit to discuss preventive medicine, ending certain medications that you may be on, health maintenance issues (screening tests), and overall health.
The following are some of the type of questions to consider:
1.Talk With Your Doctor: http://www.ahrq.gov/consumer/diaginf4.htm
2.Talking to Your Doctor, Resources from NIH: http://www.nih.gov/clearcommunication/talktoyourdoctor.htm 3.http://www.planforyourhealth.com/living-healthy/at-the-doctor/article/show/prepare-for-your-visit-to-the-doctor-a-checklist/
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