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What to Bring to Your Doctor Visit

Posted by Mark Hosko, MD in Medical Education 31 Jul 2013

Going to the doctor can be very stressful for the patient and frequently information that is important to both the patient and the doctor can become lost in the shuffle or completely forgotten. You can do a lot to make your visit to Portland Urgent Care more successful, foremost among them being prepared and bringing the right materials and information to your visit.


First of all, you will want to take the time beforehand to write down all of your symptoms.  If it is a new illness, write down not only the symptoms but also the circumstances when the symptoms were experienced.  You will essentially want to write down as much as you can remember about any symptoms or suspected symptoms.  If you have a chronic illness, write down all your usual symptoms as well as anything unusual.


Next, compose a list of all medications that you take.  Include prescription drugs and over-the-counter medications as well as vitamins, supplements and herbal remedies, whether you take them regularly or not.


Be sure to bring a copy of your personal medical history as well as any information you have about family medical histories.  In particular, you should note illnesses family members have had, when they were diagnosed, and if and when they died from the illness.


Even if your medical insurance cards and information are on file at the doctor’s office, bring the cards and copies of any important forms.


Finally, take a notepad and pen with you and write down any information that is discussed such as the doctor’s diagnosis, explanations of treatments and medications, and any questions that are asked and answered.

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