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.
- 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.
- 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."
- 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.