Updated: August 26, 2011

You were at the doctor for nearly two hours but saw her for a total of10 minutes. Sound familiar? Maximize your face time with these tips fromDavis Liu, M.D., a family physician in Roseville, California.

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


  2. Be specific "Instead of simply sayingyou feel tired, explain exactly what itfeels like," says Liu. "Describing yoursymptoms accurately may prevent yourdoctor from having to run a number oftests and can help get the right diagnosis."


  3. Keep tabs on your tests Researchshows that doctors remind theirpatients of important screening testsonly about half of the time. Know whatexams you need and bring them upwith your physician during your visit.
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