Have you ever got home from a doctor's appointment and remembered all the questions you wished to ask? This is a common scenario and preparing before your visit can make a big difference. Here are some ideas and resources to make this easier.
Working with your healthcare provider
To get the most out of your time with your healthcare provider, be it your doctor, nurse or other professional, you need to be prepared for the visit. There are some things you can do to make the most of the time you spend with your healthcare provider – these will have benefits for both of you.
Health professionals are often very busy and can work under many constraints such as time limits, lack of information, staff shortages etc. To make the most out of your visit it is good to P.L.A.N. For better care.
Let’s P.L.A.N. for better care
This is a great resource developed by the Health Quality & Safety Commission, NZ.
Prepare for your visit
Listen & share
Note down what you need to do next, you can use this fact sheet.
(Source: Health Quality & Safety Commission NZ, 2014)
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