Too Much To Do, Too Little Time
Too much to do, too little time...especially in the doctor's office. The average
doctor visit is only 7.5 minutes. Whatever you do to improve communication
with your doctor will make better use of that time and improve your health
There are specific QUESTIONS you may want to ask your doctor on a regular basis.
- What screening tests do I need and how often? The most important
tests for women are height and weight, blood pressure, cholesterol, rectal
exam, Pap smear, breast exam, and mammogram.
- What conditions am I at risk for? How can I reduce my risk? Do
I need additional diagnostic tests or vaccines? Just ask.
- Are there any changes I should make in my medications, contraception,
vitamins, supplements or herbal preparations? Are there potential interactions
between different medicines I may already be taking?
- And finally: What signs and symptoms do I need to think about as I age?
Women in their 40's, for example may want to ask about approaching menopause.
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Created: 9/27/2001  - Donnica Moore, M.D.