Doctors are busy and their schedules are full. When seeing a doctor for the 1st time, preparation is the key.
Ensuring that all medical records are available, presenting your accurate medical history, providing a list of medications and asking a friend or relative to accompany you to the doctor’s appointment are important ways to increase your chances for a positive experience.
“Four ears are better than 2 in getting the doctor’s advice right, but also doctors speak a little more clearly and pay more attention when a friend or family member accompanies the patient,” says Cary Presant, a staff physician at City of Hope Hospital in Los Angeles.
For senior citizens, especially, being prepared when meeting with a new doctor can make your appointment go more smoothly. Here’s how to do it.