Patient Safety at CMH
Improve Your Doctor’s Visit
- When visiting your doctor take a list of prescription and over-the-counter medication, vitamins, and herbal supplements you are taking.
- If you cannot understand your doctor, ask for assistance. Ask a friend or family to come with you if need be.
- Be sure to ask any questions you may have about new medication your doctor prescribes.
- Your doctor may ask you personal questions regarding your sexual activity or recreational drug use. Be honest. Your doctor needs this information in order to recommend the best treatment for you.
- If you are uncomfortable being examined by your doctor, ask for a nurse or family member to be present in the room with you.
- Don’t be afraid to ask the doctor or caregiver if they have washed their hands.
- Make sure the doctor or caregiver wears clean gloves before examining you.
- If a you need a lab test, find out if there are any foods or drinks you should avoid consuming before or after the test, if you can take your medications beforehand, if there are any potential side effects, and if there is anything else you need to do to prepare for the test.
- After your doctor’s visit, learn more about your condition. Information can be found online or at your local library.
Source: The Joint Commission