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Video: Making the Most of a Doctor Visit

Appointments are often quick and can be disorienting. Go in with a plan and some strategies and you’ll leave with more of your questions answered.


There you are at the doctor’s office, waiting atop the paper-covered exam table. It can be especially stressful if you’re not feeling well or are worried about your health. Then the moment arrives, the doctor steps in and it’s your chance to explain how you’re doing and try to get some answers.

But doctor visits sometimes don’t go as planned and you might leave feeling less than satisfied. Think of it this way: Doctors spend years learning how to be a doctor. But no one teaches us how to be patients.

In the video above, we break down the experience and explain how to make an appointment, get prepared and make the most of your face-to-face time with your doctor.

For more about these important meetings, get advice from Harvard Health about how to be an active consumer and advocate for yourself: Top 6 ways to get the most out of your doctor visit