The doctor consultation is focused on prescribing you the correct treatment . You often have more unanswered questions than answers . These are some important tips to prepare before meeting the doctor.
Know your doctor
Area of specialisation
Make sure you know his speciality before you consult. Best places to see the details of specialization are doctor search sites like Practo (best) and Lybrate. Social media sites like Linked-in(best) and Twitter.
These reviews may not reflect the competence of a doctor.
It give the idea about individual’s experience with the doctor.
These review are more a reflection of how organised the doctors office is and how much attention the staff gives to individual patient.
Social media sites like Linked-in provide the option of endorsement of skills of the peers. It gives better idea about skills and popularity among the peer doctors.
Know clinic / hospital
Beside location and timing, you should also have an idea how medications will be procured and the test will be done.
In-house pharmacy and pathology/diagnostics should always be preferred as it ensures quality and availability.
Understand your disease before Doctor consultation
On first visit
You should ask your doctor to advise you about the source from where you should search about your condition.
Do not search on internet to make a clinical diagnosis or identify disease before consulting the doctor.
let the doctor see the patient and , at the end of the consultation, ask him to make you understand the disease ( diagnosed or suspected) in layman terms
Many doctors have patient information literature available in their offices.
On subsequent visits
Doctors and other health staffs will be naturally more communicative if you can understand their terminologies and language and have some idea about your medical condition.
You should know about
1. How the disease is investigated.
2. What are usual treatment options available for disease/ medical condition.
3. What is usual outcome of disease.
4. Natural course of disease
5. Terminologies and technical terms used by doctor.
Organise your medical records
It can not be emphasized enough.
keep your medical records organised in a chronological order.
Retain the older prescriptions of previous doctors.
Save test and investigation report after treatment is over.
Scan and save them digitally. Mobile camera is good enough for the job.
Keep a record of your vital parameters like blood group, weight, blood pressure, blood glucose, vision in mobile phone.
Keep your questions ready
Always go prepared with the issues you want to discuss with the doctor.
Most successful doctors are busy, and you might not get time to think about the different issues , in his/her clinic.
If doctor could not answer all your question , he/she will delegate some one in support staff to clarify your doubts.
Provide complete information to doctor during Doctor consultation.
Beside previous medical records, provide the doctor accurate information regarding
Onset of complains and course.
Medication taken, medications missed, self medication. ( which doctor will makes out anyways)
Addictions, sexual encounters etc.
During the consultation doctor.
If you are not satisfied consultation or treatment, feel free to discuss with doctor.
If you want to have a second opinion, discuss it with with your doctor, he/she can suggest you a competent doctor for that.
Avoid making negative remarks about any other doctor.
If you find the treatment expensive or inconvenient , discuss with your doctor, he can suggest you the way out.
Check out list before you leave the doctor office after consultation.
You know before you leave the doctor
Disease you are suffering or the doctor is suspecting you to have.
What are the test ordered and how would they help in your treatment.
Medications and schedule to have them.
Possible complications of treatment.
When you have to come again.
Things to monitor while on treatment.
Sources for extra information about your condition.
Contact person and contact number for any further quarries.
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