Don't Let Technology Take Over Your Appointment
In modern examining rooms, computers are now as common as blood pressure cuffs. But as architects have redesigned these rooms to accommodate new technological devices, they sometimes force patients to compete with monitors for doctors' attention.
DO talk to your doctor face-to-face. Sweet says that some rooms are set up in such a way that when the doctor is sitting at the computer, she's on the other side of the room from you. This changes the patient-doctor dynamic, and it can be distracting for everyone involved. If you find yourself talking to your doctor's back, stop and wait until her attention returns to you, or ask her to sit near you. (Be sure to pay her the same respect by turning off your cell phone and not texting during the appointment, Sweet says.)