So, you’ve finally found a primary care physician (PCP) whom you see yourself and your family having a long-term partnership with, that’s great! Now, your next step is to set up an appointment.
Prior to your scheduled primary care appointment, there are a few things to keep in mind to help ensure you walk out of the doctor’s office very well equipped with useful insights into managing your own health and care. Here are a few tips to help you make the most out of your first visit with your primary care physician.
Tip #1 Prepare a list of questions and important information.
It’s easy to forget things if you rely on your memory alone, so write down any questions or concerns about your health and treatment that you want to discuss with your doctor. It helps to prioritize the ones that you want to talk about first.
It’s a great idea to also come up with a list of things about your health that your doctor will likely want to know. These include your personal and family health history, any symptoms you may be having, prescription medications you are taking, any surgical procedures you’ve had, current health status, lifestyle, among other things.
Tip #2 Bring your health records.
Whatever medical records you have— be it laboratory test results or imaging results— make sure to bring them with you, as these can also provide your doctor with a good insight into your health.
Tip #3 Ask a family member to come with you to your appointment.
Consider asking one of your family members to come with you to your primary care appointment to listen, help you communicate your concerns with your doctor, and take notes.
Tip #4 Be open and honest.
There are certain medical conditions that can be quite hard to discuss, especially in person, but keep in mind that doctors have already heard them all. You may feel embarrassed to talk about some things with your PCP, but leaving out details or not being honest can greatly affect the outcome of your treatment. As with anything else in life, honesty is the best policy when it comes to your health and care.
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At Texas Medical Institute, Dr. Greg Gardner, our board-certified family medicine physician, has dedicated his career to ensuring and promoting the health and well-being of the families he is privileged to serve. He takes pleasure in providing patients with useful information that can have an appreciable impact on how they manage their health.
To arrange a consultation with Dr. Greg Gardner, contact our staff at (817) 615-8633, or fill out this appointment request form, and we will get in touch with you as soon as possible to confirm your schedule. We are eager to serve and provide you with the highest quality of health care!