The #1 Way to be a Better Patient

The #1 Way to be a Better Patient

Have you ever walked out of the doctor’s office and immediately forgotten what the doc told you?

Don’t worry, you’re not alone: According to research, a whopping 40 to 80 percent of medical info is forgotten once the patient walks out the door. And 50 percent of what you do recall is probably not remembered correctly! It’s like we all catch some sort of “doctor amnesia,” perhaps because we’re nervous or overwhelmed—or both.

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That’s why Dr. Oz recommends that you take a tape recorder (or cell phone with recording abilities) to your doctor visit with you. Then you don’t have to work so hard at remembering and can take advantage of every precious moment with the doc. Bringing someone with you to be a designated listener is another smart doc office strategy.

Related: 10 things to remember when visiting your doctor.

Medically reviewed in January 2020.

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