Participating In Your Care
Your health and wellness are a partnership between you and your healthcare team. Patients who talk to their doctors help remove potential barriers to their care. Furthermore, it also helps to support a positive attitude towards changes that can help have better medical results.
Nielsen Clinic helps patients make informed decisions to help improve the quality of their healthcare. Below are tips for you to use before, during and after your appointment to help you get the best possible care and results.
Before Your Appointment
Please bring a list of all the medications and supplements you use. This includes:
1. Prescription medicines.
2. Non-prescription medicines such as aspirin or antacids.
4. Dietary or herbal supplements.
During Your Appointment
At your initial appointment, please explain your symptoms, health history, and any problems with medicines you have taken in the past.
At your appointment never hesitate to ask your doctor questions. Some examples of questions you may ask are:
1. Questions to help you understand what your doctor is telling you.
2. If you are concerned about the instructions given to you, let your doctor know.
3. If you would like to have a test done, ask.
4. If you are having tests done, ask when you will get the results.
After Your Appointment
If you have any questions regarding your treatment, please do not hesitate to call the clinic or write down your questions so you can discuss them with your doctor.
Remember to always follow the instructions given by your doctor. If you do not understand your instructions after you get home, please call the clinic. Never stop your treatment without talking to your doctor who prescribed the treatment.
Helpful Tips to Help You Make the Most of Your Visit
1. Make a list of the issues you would like to discuss during your office visit. Include any details that might be relevant.
2. When scheduling your appointment, ask how long the visit will be so you know how much time you can expect to have with the doctor.
3. Begin your appointment by summarizing the issues you would like to address during the visit. This gives your doctor the opportunity to understand all of your concerns at the beginning of the appointment and address them accordingly.
4. Bring your medications for your first visit. Include all supplements, over-the-counter (OTC) medications and medications prescribed by all physicians.
5. If you feel that you have helpful information or research that may help you with your health condition, please do not hesitate to share them with your doctor. Please feel free to provide copies. If your doctor does not feel that the information is relevant, he/she will explain.
6. Ask for clarification if you are unsure or not clear about what your doctor is saying. You can simply ask, “What does that mean in layman’s terms?”. Sometimes doctors use medical terminology as it is a simpler form of communication between one another. But to those not involved in healthcare it can seem like a foreign language. A simple rule is that an explanation should make sense to you.
7. Because medicine can be confusing, you have the right to understand your possible diagnosis as well as the treatment plan recommended by your doctor. Do not hesitate to ask questions.
8. Remember if you have any concerns, or feel you may not understand the explanation, please bring a friend, family member or an advocate with you to help. Feel free to take notes when you are meeting with your doctor.