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Appointment Checklist

Before you schedule an appointment ▾

Do you need an appointment? If you're not sure, call for advice from a nurse.

Learn about what type of care you need:

Checklist 1 - Before you call or see a doctor

  • Your signs and symptoms (in the order they occurred and what makes them better or worse).
  • Results of home testing, such as your temperature.
  • Medicines you take (prescribed, over-the-counter, herbal products, vitamins, etc.).
  • Allergies to medicines, food, etc..
  • Family and personal medical history.
  • Your lifestyle: Eating, drinking, sleeping, exercising habits, sexual habits, drug use, etc.
  • Concerns you have about your health and/or what you think the problem may be due to.
  • What you would like the doctor to do for you.
  • Your pharmacist’s phone number and fax number.

{Note: If needed, have your medical records, results of lab tests and X-rays, etc. from other health care providers sent to your doctor before your visit.} 

Schedule an Appointment

Prepare for health care visits ▾

Checklist 2

Your appointment

During the doctor visit

Tell the doctor what you wrote down in Checklist 1. (Take the list with you.) Ask your doctor these questions:

  • What do you think the problem or diagnosis is?
  • What, if any, tests are needed to rule out or confirm your diagnosis?
  • What do I need to do to treat the problem? Do I need to take medicine? How can I prevent the problem in the future?
  • When do I need to call or see you again?
  • How are costs handled for this visit and for tests?
After your health care visit ▾
  • Follow your doctor’s advice.
  • Call the doctor’s office if you don’t understand his or her instructions.
  • Tell your doctor if you feel worse, have other problems or side effects from any medicines, etc.
  • Keep return visit appointments.

Additional Resources

Be More Involved in Your Health Care: Tips to use before, during, and after your medical appointment to make sure you get the best possible care.