You chose your doctor because you trust them to be an expert with extensive knowledge of healthcare, and a partner in keeping you safe, happy, and healthy. The best patient-doctor relationships are just that — a partnership. Your doctor may have the expertise, but it is good to remember that an important part of their job is to find a treatment plan that works for you. The single best thing you can do to get the most out of each and every appointment with your doctor is to ask questions. You should always feel free to ask for more details, or even to explore other options. Always make sure that you fully understand any treatment or medication prescribed to you, and that you feel fully comfortable proceeding with the plan you and your doctor have laid out together.
To help you get the most out of your next appointment, consider making a list of questions before you go in. Here are some ideas: