Mistakes We All Make Before a Doctor's Appointment
You know that friend whose doctor always has time for her, answers all her questions and seems to know exactly what she needs? Here's how you can get the same kind of medical attention.
Don't Let Your Doctor Give You the Slip
Doctors would prefer not to rush you, but they're usually double- or triple-booked and desperate to stay on schedule. Keep an eye out for the pen: Doctors have become adept at writing while walking, and will probably start heading for the door as they're jotting down your prescriptions.
DO acknowledge their scheduling stress.
Elizabeth Cohen, a CNN senior medical correspondent and author of The Empowered Patient
, says that phrases like "it seems like you're having a busy day" or "can I take just a few more minutes to run some questions by you?" can slow down a harried physician and bring their focus back to you.