Jul 8, 2015

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Make the Most of Your Time

Make the Most of your timeI don’t enjoy doctor appointments. We’re a fairly healthy family (knock on wood) and I don’t have to go often, but when I do, it’s not something I enjoy. But I do want that oh-so-precious time to be well spent. Here are some tips for getting the most from your visit to Pella Regional’s family of medical clinics:

Knowing what to do before your visit with the doctor and during your time in the exam room can help you make the most of every appointment and ensure you get the best care.

Be prepared.

Good preparation before the appointment is just as important as anything that happens during the appointment. Make a list of your current medications, and write out any questions in advance. That way, you’ll be sure to remember those concerns during your visit.

Ask questions.

Don’t be afraid to take notes during your visit, or ask questions regarding your care. The only stupid question is the one you don’t ask. It’s equally important to answer questions honestly, which helps your doctor provide the best care.

Let the physician do their job.

Many patients come to their visit asking for a specific medication, treatment or diagnostic test. It’s important that we don’t try to dictate our own care in the doctor’s office. Just because the doctor doesn’t write you a prescription, or send you across the hall for a CT scan, doesn’t mean you’re not receiving high quality care.

Follow up.

Time in the exam room is limited, so be sure to follow up with the doctor or the 24/7 Nurseline if you have additional questions. You should also alert your physician if there are any changes in either your condition or general health, so appropriate adjustments may be made.

Has anyone experienced the 24/7 Nurseline yet? We’re hoping that it is a valuable resource for our patients and would love any feedback you have.

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