Getting the Most from Your Physician Visit
You can play a key role in your own health care by being an active participant. You can raise questions and concerns, and provide your physicians with information that will help them make solid recommendations. Preparation will help you make the most of your physician visit.
Prepare before you arrive
- Bring a list of symptoms or problems you have been experiencing.
- Bring information on over-the-counter medications, supplements or herbs you are taking. Remember to jot down information on frequency and dosage.
- Know your family’s medical history including any recent changes.
- Get laboratory tests or procedures done in advance so your physician has the results.
- If you see other doctors in between your visits to Internal Medicine of Milford, bring information from those appointments with you, including a list of prescription medications, test results and prescribed treatments.
- Bring a copy of your up to date insurance information.
- Let us know what pharmacy and laboratory you prefer to use.
- If you prefer to do your own research on the Web, while we appreciate our patients’ initiative keep in mind that not all health information available on the Web is reliable.
- If you are nervous about your appointment, bring your spouse, a family member or a friend to ask questions and provide support.
Forms we may ask you to fill out
Bring a list of questions to go over with your doctor
Possible questions you may want to ask:
- Could you explain my medical condition?
- How accurate are the tests used for diagnosing the problem?
- What is the long-term outlook of this condition with and without treatment?
- What are my treatment options, and what are the benefits and risks of each option?
- If my symptoms worsen, at what point should I contact a physician?
- How do my medicines work and how should I take them?
- What are the potential reactions I could have to my medications?
- Could any of my medications cause an adverse reaction?
- Should we monitor for medication side effects or interactions?
- What are the instructions for caring for me at home?
Arrive at our office
- Please arrive at least 10 minutes before your scheduled appointment time.
- If you anticipate being late please call our office ahead of time at 203-878-3531. If you miss your appointment time we will try to accommodate you with the next available time that day, or we may need to reschedule you for another day.
- Check in with the front desk. Please present your insurance card and identification.
- Acceptable forms of identification include a driver’s license, passport, birth certificate, or another form of government-issued identification. In order to comply with new government regulations, we may ask you for additional demographic information upon arrival, namely race, ethnicity and language of preference.
- Please let us know if your problem is of an urgent nature or if you feel particularly ill. Depending on the circumstances we will either get someone to see you immediately, direct you to the nearest emergency room, or arrange for emergency transportation.
- Please bring any co-pay or deductible amount you are responsible for.
After your visit
- Please check with the front desk to pick up any prescriptions, lab slips, educational materials, physician instructions, and a summary of your visit.
- Make note of your follow-up appointment, if applicable.
- Ask any questions if they were not addressed during your visit.
Most importantly, speak up.
Any opinions, concerns or anxieties you have about your condition or treatment may influence your course of treatment. Be sure to let your physician know about them.