Talking with Your Doctor

Frequently Asked Questions

4. What can I do to make the best use of my time with my doctor?

Rank your list of concerns and questions by importance and talk about the most important items first. If you put off talking about the items that are bothering you most, you may run out of time to talk about them during the visit. Afterwards, if you have time, you can talk about the other things on your list.

Another way to make the best use of your time is to use your visit plan to stick to the point. Your doctor may not have a lot of time to talk with you. Therefore, it is important for you to stay focused on what you planned to talk about. For example, give a brief summary of what is bothering you most, when the symptom started, how often it happens, and if it is getting worse or better.

For a printable checklist, see Making Good Use of Your Time During a Doctor’s Visit [PDF] or [HTML version]