Learning to Work with Your Health Care Provider
Here is what you can do to get the most out of a visit to your health care provider:
- Do your research. Reading up on your condition online or in books can help you answer some basic questions before your visit and find other questions you may want to ask. This preparation lets you leave your visit better-informed on how to use your doctor’s advice.
- Voice your concerns. If you are worried about medication interactions, potential side effects or notice something else that doesn't feel right, make sure to write it down ahead of time. Take advantage of your health care provider’s training and expertise by asking questions.
Family Medical History
Part of receiving good health care is establishing a solid understanding of your family history. Many health conditions share some genetic link, so learning about your personal risks can provide understanding and allow you to take appropriate preventative measures.
If your family has a history of conditions such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes or other chronic conditions, know your risk factors. This knowledge helps you make healthier lifestyle choices.