At Encompass Family and Internal Medicine Group, we understand that a visit to the doctor can often be stressful, especially when you are not feeling well or have a pain that won’t subside. In order to maximize your next physician office visit, review the steps below for simple helpful hints and guidelines.
Before Your Office Visit
- Make a note of your symptoms, including the order in which the symptoms appeared, as well as anything that makes them better or worse.
- Make a note of your temperature if you have measured with a thermometer at home.
- Bring a current list of all medications you are currently taking, including prescriptions, over-the-counter drugs, herbal products, and vitamins.
- Bring a list of allergies – especially any concerning medicine or food.
- Know your personal and family medical history, including surgeries, serious illnesses, etc..
- Evaluate your lifestyle habits, including eating and drinking habits, as well as how much you sleep or exercise.
- Make a note of any other health concerns about which you may want to speak with your physician.
- Bring along the address, phone, and fax numbers of the pharmacy you prefer to use.
During Your Office Visit
- Review the items listed above with your physician.
- Ask your physician questions, including what he/she thinks the diagnosis/problem may be, as well as what tests, if necessary, are needed.
- Make sure that you obtain a clear understanding on what your role is in treating your condition, as well as what you can do in the future to prevent any reoccurrences.
- Find out if a follow-up appointment with your physician is required, or if you should be referred to another physician or specialist.
- Make sure you understand any possible side effects of any of the medications your physician prescribes during your office visit.
After Your Office Visit
- Follow your physician’s advice.
- If you do not understand any of the instructions, don’t hesitate to call your physician’s office for clarification.
- If you begin to feel worse or experience side effects from any prescribed medications, contact your physician’s office immediately. In urgent matters, do not hesitate to call 911.
- If you are scheduled for a follow-up visit, make sure to keep your appointment.