To get the most out of your next doctor's visit, do more than just make an appointment and show up on time. Research shows that patients who prepare for an appointment are more likely to get better care than those who don't. These tips will help you be prepared and proactive when it comes to your health:

  • Write down your reasons for the visit. Having them on paper will help you remember everything and synopsize the concerns you want to address with your doctor.
  • Know your medical history and current medications. This can stop doctors from re-ordering tests and prescribing medication that may negatively interact with any others you take. 
  • Discuss your beliefs and lifestyle with your doctor so he or she can create a treatment plan you are more likely to follow.
  • Ask questions. It may be difficult to reach your doctor at a later time, so make sure you're understand everything while you're still in the office.