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Ask-The-Doctor Checklist

With the current state of medical care, doctor visits can be frustrating — you’re lucky if you get 5 minutes of one-on-one time with your physician. This checklist will help you keep track of your medical questions and the doctor’s answers — as well as any treatments, test results, or prescriptions.

Before Your Visit

Checkmark-Iconmake a list of symptoms or complaints — be as specific as possible

Xmark-Iconmake a list of any medications you are currently taking

Checkmark-Iconinclude over-the-counter meds, nutritional supplements, and herbal remedies

Xmark-Iconif you have seen a doctor before for this problem, take the record with you

Checkmark-Iconcreate a family history of medical issues experienced by close relatives

Xmark-Iconcreate a medical history of procedures, illnesses, surgeries, and treatments

Checkmark-Iconall of this will help your doctor treat you more efficiently and effectively

Xmark-Iconif you have researched possible treatment options, print out or copy information abut each

During Your Appointment

Checkmark-Iconstate your main problem first

Xmark-Icondescribe your symptoms — be as specific as possible

Checkmark-Iconinclude past diagnoses, treatments that worked or didn’t work, etc.

Xmark-Icondiscuss any possible treatment options you have researched and want advice on

Checkmark-Icondescribe your experiences with the same problem

Medications, Tests, Or Treatments

Xmark-Iconask for the exact name of the medication, test, or procedure

Checkmark-Iconfind out why you need it — what exactly is this procedure affecting in your body?

Xmark-Iconlearn what the risks are — know what side effects to look for

Checkmark-Iconfind out if there are any alternatives — natural, homeopathic, less invasive

Xmark-Iconask what happens if you do nothing

Checkmark-Iconfind out how to properly take the medication — with food, without, activity limitations

Xmark-Iconask how to prepare for the test or procedure

Wrapping Up Your Visit With A Few Questions

Checkmark-Icondo I need to return for another visit?

Xmark-Iconcan I phone in for test results?

Checkmark-Iconwhat danger signs should I look for?

Xmark-Iconwhen do I need to report back about my condition?

Checkmark-Iconwhat else do I need to know?

Write It Down So You Don’t Forget

Xmark-Iconexactly what’s wrong with you

Checkmark-Iconwhat might happen next

Xmark-Iconwhat you can do at home to improve your situation

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Ramona Creel is an award-winning 15-year veteran organizer and member of the National Association Of Professional Organizers. As well as having birthed “The A-To-Z Of Getting Organized,” Ramona is also the author of “The Professional Organizer’s Bible: A Slightly Irreverent And Completely Unorthodox Guide For Turning Clutter Into A Career”—and the creator of more than 200 “quick-start” business tools and templates for use by productivity professionals. She writes seven different blogs, has worked with hundreds of clients, and has delivered scores of presentations on getting organized. Ramona resides on the roads of America as a full-time RVer—living and working in a 29-foot Airstream. Learn more at and

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