20 July, 2015    #51

MD Visit Planning

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Before your next MD (Doctorís) visit, letís review information that will be critical to your personal health.

 

1

 Bring the Following if Appropriate:

a.  Medication List

b.  Current Medical Conditions

c.  Lab Results

d.  Specialists Names & Contact

e.  Medical Diary

 

2

 Your Medical Priorities:

a.  Time with a MD is limited!

        Consider what is Important

        List Questions & Symptoms

 

3

 Arrive Early:

a.  Complete Office Documentation

b.  Allow time to relax and lower Blood Pressure.
 

      (deep breathing will help you relax)

 

4

 Seeing Your MD:

a.  Start with "Pressing Questions".

b.  DO NOT wait to the end of the visit to ask important questions.

c.  Symptoms: Be Specific & Accurate

        When did it start?

        What Body parts affected?

        How long did the symptoms last?

        Intensity?

 

5

   If you DO NOT Understand the MD:

a.  Request a simplified explanation.

b.  Write down the following:

        Your Diagnosis

        Your Treatment Plan

        Your Medication
 

c.  Ask for Brochures & Pamphlets

d.  Ask about Internet Information

 

6

 Ending Your MD Visit:

a.  You should have an idea about:

        What is medically wrong?

        Why?

        What can I do to help?

        Any lab test or follow up?

 

7

 Before Leaving the MD Office:

a.  Verify your next appointment

 

8

  Prescriptions Rx:

a.  Inform MD if Rx cost is a concern.

b.  Start taking meds as prescribed.

c.  Read the Rx documentation:

        Uses

        Other Uses

        How To Use

        Side Effects

        Precautions

        Drug Interactions
 

d.  Talk to your Pharmacists if you have questions.
 

9

 Internet Resources:

        MayoClinic.com

        FamilyDoctor.org

        WebMD.com

        MedLinePlus.gov

 

 

Remember that you and your MD are active partners in your health care.  Do your part by asking questions, following treatments, taking medications and understanding the problem.

 

 

Thanks,

 

Mike Kohut, President, DDMS

 

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