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|Who’s Who in Your Doctor’s Office|
Medical offices have a lot of staff but one common goal—helping you, the patient. Here are some of the people you may meet during your doctor’s appointment.
|Getting the Most Out of a Doctor’s Appointment|
Doctor’s appointments are often brief. Here’s how to quickly explain what’s wrong so you can get the help you need.
|Talking About Medical Tests|
Before you agree to medical tests, here are suggestions for some questions to ask, useful websites for understanding medical tests and information about disease screening.
|Asking Your Doctor Questions|
One of the most important things you can do during a doctor’s appointment is to ask questions. Here’s advice on what to ask and how.
|Understanding a New Prescription|
Have a new prescription? Here’s what you need to know about taking any new drug and advice for selecting a pharmacy and paying for medications.
|Talking About Your Symptoms|
Tips on how to research your symptoms online and describe them during your doctor visit.
Prepared Patient Voices | In-depth features with insights from doctors, health care experts and patients
|Monitoring Your Child's Development: Your Pediatrician Can Help|
When all is well with physical health, often it is a child's behavior that prompts parents to the visit their pediatrician who may rule out — or uncover — developmental problems.
|Giving Your Doctor the Pink Slip|
Feeling uneasy with or disrespected by your current doctor? Our experts — both physicians — talk frankly about rocky spots in doctor-patient relationships.
|Making a Pact With Your Doctors|
A shared care plan can be a guide to treatment goals that you and your doctors agree on, and it can set the rules of engagement as you pursue your treatment.
|Talking About Medical Tests With Your Health Care Team|
Whether you're healthy or ill, there are a variety of medical tests your health care team might recommend for you.
|Talking About Symptoms With Your Health Care Team|
"What brings you here today?" It's a simple question that's at the heart of many patient-doctor conversations, but it's not a question to take lightly.
|Effective Patienthood Begins with Good Communication|
Given all the obstacles that prevent us from getting to the doctor's office — scheduling an appointment, digging out the insurance card and plain old procrastination — it is good health sense to make the most of your time when you are finally face-to-face with your health care provider. Easier said than done, says health researcher Sherrie Kaplan.
|How to Make the Most of Your Doctor Visit|
Over the years, the Center for Advancing Health has listened to hundreds of people discuss their experiences with their health and health care. One thing that seems to come up for many people is how hard it can be to find good health care and make the most of it, which includes knowing what to do at a doctor's appointment. We've come up with these tips to help.
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