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Have you ever forgotten to ask your doctor an important question during your visit?
You can improve communication with your physician about your health issues by preparing some information before your visit. It is important to provide as much information as you can so that you can get the best advice from your doctor.
Your First Visit
Ask to have copies of your medical records available for your new physician before your visit. This should include information about past illnesses, surgeries, conditions, medications and treatments.
Write down names and doses of prescription medication, over-the-counter medication, vitamins, supplements and herbal remedies.
Be sure to tell your physician about past food and drug allergies or side effects of medication.
Bring a list of questions. Don't be shy about preparing a list of questions for your doctor visit; doctors will welcome your interest. Do some research about your condition before your appointment.
Questions to Ask
Bring Your Medical Information
Your doctor may not have all of your current medical information, especially if this is a new condition. You should provide the following information:
Find a Doctor Who Specializes in Senior Care
To find a Sharp-affiliated doctor, search for a San Diego geriatric doctor or call 1-800-82-SHARP (1-800-827-4277), Monday through Friday, 8 am to 6 pm.
For More Senior Care Information
To register for a class, call 1-800-82-SHARP (1-800-827-4277), Monday through Friday, 8 am to 6 pm. To find general information about senior health, read the Senior Health News archive.