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How to Get the Most Out of Your Doctor's Visit

You were at the doctor for nearly two hours but saw her for a total of
10 minutes. Sound familiar? Maximize your face time with these tips from
Davis Liu, M.D., a family physician in Roseville, California.

  1. Create a list Before you go to your appointment, jot down four or fewer
    issues you'd like to discuss with your M.D. "Trying to address too
    many topics means you have less time to talk about each one," says Liu.


  2. Be specific "Instead of simply saying
    you feel tired, explain exactly what it
    feels like," says Liu. "Describing your
    symptoms accurately may prevent your
    doctor from having to run a number of
    tests and can help get the right diagnosis."


  3. Keep tabs on your tests Research
    shows that doctors remind their
    patients of important screening tests
    only about half of the time. Know what
    exams you need and bring them up
    with your physician during your visit.