Tips to Make Your Medical Consultation Better

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Going to the doctor is a tedious process for most people. At the end of all that waiting all you end up getting is often just a few minutes of the doctors time. 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.

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.

The doctor’s staff plays a key role in your medical care, and you need to learn how the clinic functions. It’s very helpful to build up a rapport with a special staff-member (who can be a nurse, a receptionist or an assistant). The simple rule is that if you treat the staff well, you will be treated well too! And this can prove to be very useful when you need to talk to the doctor on a priority basis. You could even get them a small ‘thank-you’ gift, to ensure that you get personalized attention. Try to find out which are the busiest days of the week, and when it is the best time to visit the doctor. Knowing the staff also helps you understand where you should call in the case of an emergency, or when the clinic is closed.

Medical consultancy ‘homework’ — 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!

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 consultation with 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.