How to Prepare for Your Next Medical Appointment

Many medical offices these days have a backlog of patients waiting for appointments. Accordingly, you must arrive at your appointment fully prepared. This requires compiling the right information and being fully aware of your medical history.

Steps to Take Before Your Appointment

After making an appointment, here are a few things you should do to ensure a productive visit:

  • Compile Your Medical Records – Your healthcare history informs future treatments. Medical records include doctors you’ve seen, procedures you’ve undergone, medications you’ve been prescribed, and other information. You must have a complete record, free of inaccuracies and errors.
  • Review Your Healthcare Information – Reviewing your medical record before appointments ensure you’re fully informed of your health history. It also allows you to identify any errors and address them with your medical provider.
  • Make a List of Questions – A doctor’s appointment is the perfect time to ask questions about your general health, including any medical conditions currently being treated. You can also ask questions regarding things like medication side effects or possible treatments.

When you have easy access to your medical records, you can easily review them before your appointments. That means you can spend more time discussing your current health than discussing your previous history.

How to Ensure Easy Access to Your Medical Records

Electronic access to your health records is easy when you have the DrOwl app. You can review your records from any mobile device, and easily share them with new providers. Taking control of your health means a better outlook and a reduced risk of possible side effects.