You may only have a short time in your doctor's office. Here are the top 5 ways to make the most of it:

  1. Do your homework: Write down what you're hoping to get out of the visit, what you want to ask the doctor, and any concerns you may have. Bring a record of your medications, medical conditions, allergies, and medical history.

    Use the Doctor Discussion Guide to keep track of this information and prepare for talking with your doctor.
  2. Bring a friend: You may want to bring a friend or family member to your appointment to make you feel less intimidated, help you remember to ask all of your questions, and take notes.
  3. Ask your most important question first in case you run out of time.
  4. Take notes so you remember your doctor's instructions.
  5. Speak up if you don't understand. It can also help to repeat back what you've heard in your own words to make sure you've understood it.