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Doctor's Visit Checklist
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Number of people who filled out this checklist: 4039

See how your answers compare to others, and then read on to learn how to get the most from your doctor’s visit.

When you visit your doctor, do you ...

1

Take a list of concerns?

# of responses

%

Yes

2579

64%

No

1460

36%

2

Take your medication list or medicine bottles?

# of responses

%

Yes

2212

55%

No

1827

45%

3

Ask questions until you understand everything?

# of responses

%

Yes

2651

66%

No

1388

34%

Getting the most from your doctor’s visit.

That’s what the questions in our “Doctor’s Visit Checklist” are all about. At the heart of each question is a strategy that will foster good communication between patients, caregivers and doctors. If you are not already preparing for your doctor’s visit, please consider starting. These strategies will help lower your stress and help you get the best care possible.

Learn more strategies at our workshop

The above three strategies are only part of a system of guidelines and tips that can help individuals with memory problems and their caregivers improve their communications with doctors. The Alzheimer’s Association offers workshops in communities nationwide to foster effective communication with doctors. Learn more about our workshop >>

Resources


Publications      

 Partnering With Your Doctor: A Guide for Persons with Memory Problems and Their Caregivers (20 pages)
This 18-page booklet offers guidelines and tips on getting a proper diagnosis, working with your doctor to get the best care and suggestions for follow-up visits. This booklet is used as part of the workshop.       

 Care Log (2 pages)
The care log is a joint project between the caregiver and patient. Both can record information in the log. Keep it handy and use it to keep track of things that happen between doctor visits.

 Medication Log (2 pages)
Use the medication log to help keep yourself organized and to keep the doctor(s) informed. It can help you remember the dosage, possible side effects, and any special instructions.       

 Appointment Log (2 pages)
An appointment log can help you before, during and after a doctor visit. Doctors also appreciate that you have planned for the appointment.      

Web sites

My Personal Health Record
This site is a guide to understanding and maintaining personal health information in your medical record. Health care professionals use this record to help provide you appropriate and quality health care.    

HIPAA and health information privacy
U.S. government site featuring informative fact sheets about the Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) and your health information privacy rights.















 

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