A healthy you takes two

Learn how your relationship with your doctor, including how well you communicate with each other, affects your care.

Your relationship with your doctor, including how well you communicate with each other, affects your care. You and your doctor are a team, and research shows that patients who have a strong relationship with their doctors and other health care professionals tend to be healthier and are more satisfied with their health care.

Preparing for your office visit

  • Know your medical history. Bring along any medical information, such as test results and medications you are taking, including prescriptions, over-the-counter medications and herbal supplements.
  • Make a list of questions you have concerning your symptoms, condition and treatment.

During your office visit

  • Discuss your current symptoms and go over your list of questions or concerns.
  • Make sure you understand what your doctor is telling you. Don’t be afraid to ask questions about something you don’t understand or if you would like to know something your doctor hasn’t covered.

After your office visit

Your doctor should listen, educate, inform and be considerate of your concerns. Ask yourself, did my doctor:

  • Schedule any follow-up appointments before I left the doctor’s office?.
  • Discuss my symptoms in a clear and concise manner?
  • Actively listen to my concerns and provide answers in terms I could understand?
  • Encourage me to participate in considering treatment options?
  • Ensure that I understand my medications, directions for use and the possible side effects?
  • Summarize my plan of treatment, tests and any follow-up care?

Your relationship with your doctor, including how well you communicate with each other, affects your care. Visit our Doctor & Hospital Finder to find participating doctors in your area.

This article is for informational purposes only and is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.