Prepare for Your Visit

Physician giving a patient an eye exam

You can make the most of your visit by being an active participant. At Yale Medicine, we encourage you to raise questions and concerns, and provide your physicians with information that will help them to take care of you. It’s helpful to:

  • Know your family’s medical history
  • Bring a list of symptoms or problems you have been experiencing including a list of prescription medications, test results and prescribed treatments
  • Bring information with you from your visits with other doctors
  • Bring information on over-the-counter medications, supplements or herbs you are taking
  • Remember to jot down information on frequency and dosage
  • Get laboratory tests or procedures done in advance if possible, so your physician has the results
  • Make sure your physician is aware of any changes in your family’s medical history
  • Bring your spouse, a family member or friend along to ask questions and provide support if you are nervous about your appointment.

You may want to bring a list of questions to go over with your doctor. Questions might include:

  • How accurate are the tests used for diagnosing my problem?
  • What is the long-term outlook of this condition with and without treatment?
  • What are my treatment options, and what are the benefits and risks of each option?
  • If my symptoms worsen, at what point should I contact a physician?
  • Could any of my medications cause side effects?