Navigating a doctor’s visit can be tricky. But the way you go about your visit can make a huge difference in the quality of your care. The best medical care comes from doctor-patient relationships that thrive off of open communication.
But doctors are really busy — and they’re not always the best at listening. When many doctors won’t listen to patients for more than 11 seconds, how can you make sure you’re being heard? Doctors are technically working for you. But it’s also up to you to advocate for yourself and get the best medical care. Part of making the most of your visit is speaking up and being as communicative as you can with your doctor. That means not keeping secrets from them. Be open, honest, and inquisitive.
But another huge part of this is simply asking the right questions. Don’t assume that your doctor is volunteering all the information you might want to know. Again, doctors are busy! They already know so much about medicine that they may not think to fill you in on all of the nitty gritty details. But those are details you probably want to know.