Are you going WITH a family member to the doctor? Your attending an office visit with the doctor can be helpful in many ways.
- Giving details about the patient’s concerns/issues, if needed.
- Translating, if there is a language barrier.
- Helping the patient understand the diagnosis and treatment plan
- Assisting the patient in making treatment decisions to fit lifestyle/home needs
- Remembering WHAT was said. This is especially true if there is a difficult diagnosis, like cancer, when frequently the patient cannot remember anything said after the diagnosis.
If you as the patient want to bring someone to a doctor’s visit consider parents, children, siblings, spouse/partner, caregivers, neighbors, or friends.
Other hints for the visitor (not the patient):
- Please do not bring up your own medical complaints. Your focus of the visit should be on the patient, too.
- Step out of the room so that the patient can address any personal or confidential issues with the physician.
- If you are the caregiver and are overwhelmed, let the physician know. More assistance or respite care can be arranged.
Hope this helps.