Tips to Make Your Medical Consultation Better

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Going to the doctor is a tedious process for most people. Endless waiting in an often crowded waiting room, coupled with the obvious discomfort of other ill people around you and to make matters worse your ill health adding to your annoyance. At the end of all that waiting all you end up getting is often just a few minutes of the doctors time. Sound familiar? Well, it is a reality in most cases, but how you make the most of those few minutes you get, is the key to getting the best from your doctor. To help you get exactly that,

As in a marriage, the doctor-patient relationship depends on good communication and trust, built up over time and it is definitely worth spending time and taking trouble to maintain a beneficial relationship. Here are some essential tips you should keep in mind to help your doctor understand your illness.

Tip # 1: Make friends with the doctor’s staff

The doctor’s staff plays a key role in your medical care, and you need to learn how the clinic functions. And this can prove to be very useful when you need to talk to the doctor on a priority basis. Try to find out which are theĀ best medical consulting companies.

Tip # 2: Be prepared

Do your ‘homework’ thoroughly before visiting the doctor! In order to make the best use of your doctor’s time, you need to ‘prepare’ for your visit, very much like you prepare for an examination. Time spent in getting organized before you go to the doctor can help immensely! A well-organized patient not only makes efficient use of the doctor’s time but he is also likely to get better medical care, as he is helping the doctor a great deal in making an accurate diagnosis. Makes sure you have all your medical records with you, and the vital questions to which he needs answers (preferably, in writing). This will allow you and your doctor to focus on what is important to you, so that you can make the best use of the limited ‘quality time’ that they have with the doctor. Studies have shown that patients forget about 50 per cent of what the doctor tells them during a visit! Writing down the doctor’s answers will prevent such a ‘disaster’! Your doctor also stands to benefit because you need not pester him with your queries all over again!

Tip # 3: Tell your doctor everything, never lie

Remember to inform your doctor about all the symptoms you have noted. List them in a chronological order, starting from the time when you first noted that something was amiss. It’s extremely useful to record the factors that make your symptoms better, and those that make them worse, since it provides very useful medical clues. Also, let your doctor know what remedies you have tried earlier, and whether they have helped or not. If you have consulted a doctor earlier or have undergone relevant tests, please share this information with your present doctor, it will help him/her plan your treatment better. It’s also helpful to prepare a short one-page summary of your medical history– this will help your doctor understand your condition better and will ensure you don’t miss out on any important details. Along with this make a list of all the medications you are taking, both prescription and non-prescription. Alternatively, you can collect all your medicines and show them to your doctor.

Well, it is a reality in most cases, but how you make the most of those few minutes you get, is the key to getting the best from your doctor. In order to make the best use of your doctor’s time, you need to ‘prepare’ for your visit, very much like you prepare for an examination. A well-organized patient not only makes efficient use of the doctor’s time but he is also likely to get better medical care, as he is helping the doctor a great deal in making an accurate diagnosis. This will allow you and your doctor to focus on what is important to you, so that you can make the best use of the limited ‘quality time’ that they have with the doctor. If you have consulted a doctor earlier or have undergone relevant tests, please share this information with your present doctor, it will help him/her plan your treatment better.

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