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How to Talk to Your Doctor

Are you getting the best care possible? Take this quiz to see if you know how to get the most out of doctor visits.

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Question 1 of 20 Correct

True or false: There is no need to choose a primary care provider prior to needing one.

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The correct answer is: This is false. Don't wait until you are sick to pick a doctor. You may be rushed and possibly too sick to make a good decision.

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Question 2 of 20 Correct

True or false: It's not wise to have a friend or family member present at a doctor's visit because they may be distracting.

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The correct answer is: This is false. It's actually a good idea to have a friend or family member present during doctor's visits so they can take notes or help you remember what the doctor said.

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Question 3 of 20 Correct

If a family member or friend isn't available to attend a doctor's appointment, which of these might be helpful to bring along?

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The correct answer is: Both of the above. If you are worried you will forget something important from a doctor's office visit, bring a tape recorder with a blank tape and fresh batteries to your next appointment. A cell phone with recording capability will also work.

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What else should you bring to an appointment?

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The correct answer is: Bring any X-rays or pathology reports to a doctor's appointment. If these tests were performed at a hospital or clinic that does not release files directly to you, make sure they will send that information to your doctor's office prior to your visit so he can review it ahead of time.

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Which of these can help you remember the questions you have for your doctor?

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The correct answer is: Prior to an appointment with your doctor, prepare your questions, bring the list with you and write down your doctor's answers during your appointment. This ensures you will remember all the questions you had, and you will get the most from your appointment.

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What is the best time of day for a doctor's appointment?

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The correct answer is: When booking a doctor's appointment, always try to get the first appointment of the day. At that time, things haven't had a chance to become backed up, and you'll spend less time waiting.

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How long is the average office visit?

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The correct answer is: A doctor’s time is limited: the average office visit is estimated to last 15 minutes.

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Question 8 of 20 Correct

Which of these can help you avoid feeling rushed during an appointment?

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The correct answer is: All of the above. If you have a lot to discuss during a particular visit, tell the office receptionist so he or she can help. You may also consider asking if you can have two consecutive appointments. Finally, befriend the office nurses and the administrators -- they can make your life much easier when dealing with the doctor.

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Which of these should you bring with you to a doctor's visit?

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The correct answer is: All of the above. In addition to any questions you may have and past lab results, you should also bring a baggie filled with every medication, vitamin, herb or whatever else you take regularly (in the original bottles or containers) and a copy of your health profile to your appointment.

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What is a health profile?

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The correct answer is: A health profile is one or more forms that lists pertinent health information: current and past medical problems, family health history, as well as current medications or supplements.

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What is the best way to start a doctor's appointment?

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The correct answer is: The best way to start a doctor's appointment is by providing a concise background of your symptoms. Although you may need to discuss several issues, it's best to start with just one.

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True or false: If your doctor uses a word or phrase that's unfamiliar, the smart thing to do is write the word down and research it later instead of asking additional questions.

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The correct answer is: This is false. You should tell your doctor if an explanation, description or word is unfamiliar. Ask your doctor to explain it in more simple terms.

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Which of these questions is important to ask at every doctor's visit?

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The correct answer is: All of the above. You may have several more questions at each doctor's visit, but these three should always be asked.

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Which of these is a possible risk of not telling your doctor the whole truth about your medical history?

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The correct answer is: All of the above. It's crucial to be honest about your medical history and compliance (or not) with the doctor's treatment or prescription. Doctors can act only on what they're told.

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True or false: As long as your doctor is board certified and capable, comfort is not important.

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The correct answer is: This is false. If you don't feel comfortable with your doctor, he's probably not the best doctor for you. In order to work, a doctor-patient relationship has to be open and trusting.

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If you do not feel that you can work with your doctor any longer, what should you do?

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The correct answer is: If your doctor isn't providing the right kind of care, find another one. Physicians provide a service, and if you're not happy or comfortable with it, it is your right to seek better care elsewhere.

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What is the "white coat hypertension" phenomenon?

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The correct answer is: Some people are told they have "white coat hypertension." This means the patient's blood pressure may be elevated at the doctor’s office or clinic, but not at home or at other times.

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What is "white coat non-compliance?"

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The correct answer is: Some patients take their prescription medicines only as long as the doctor's white coat remains vivid in their minds. About half of patients who need drugs long-term stop taking their medications within six months of their last doctor visit. This is called "white coat non-compliance."

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Which of these is a reason some patients do not comply with their doctor's prescription orders?

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The correct answer is: All of the above. Patient non-compliance happens when the patient does not take prescription medications as directed by the doctor. Reasons may include cost, a fear of becoming addicted to the medication and side effects, as well as forgetting to take medications on time.

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True or false: As long as your doctor's office has a copy of your test results, you do not need your own copy.

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The correct answer is: This is false. You should always ask for a copy of your test results. There may be a time you need them and the doctor's staff can't be reached.

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