Preparing your consultation

A good preparation helps you to ask your doctor the right questions. It is possible that because of stress or emotions the conversation does not go as planned. That's why we give the following tips.

During the doctor's visit you receive a lot of information

  • Write down your questions in order of importance. Even then you can forget questions. Ask your doctor who you can call if you have further questions.
  • Bring along a family member or a friend, someone who is aware of your situation and is a good listener.
  • Take notes during the conversation or ask your friend/family member to take notes.
  • Ask your doctor if there is documentation about the disease, examination and/or treatment.
  • Repeat in your own words what the doctor has told you. This way, you can check if you have understood the information.

Information for your doctor

  • The reason why you visit the doctor.
  • What are your symptoms/problems?
  • What do you feel and when do you feel it?
  • Write down - for the first consultation - the main events in your medical history such as serious illness, operations, hereditary disorders, ...
  • Bring along a list of your medication. Also mention the medication without prescription such as painkillers or hemeopathic drugs.
  • Mention any allergies.

Questions for your doctor

You can ask questions about your symptoms, examinations, treatments and medication, but also about referral to another doctor. Do not be afraid to ask questions or to return to a topic that has already been discussed.

  • Whare are the risks of the examination, treatment or medication?
  • Are there any other examinations or treatments possible?
  • What is the cause of my symptoms?
  • What can I do about the symptoms?
  • Whare the implications for me in daily life?
  • Is it wise to ask a second opinion?
  • How long does it take to reduce the symptoms?
  • How does the drug work?