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Doctor visits are a great time to build a relationship
with your doctor. Building a strong partnership with
your doctor takes some effort, but you’ll see positive
results if you try. Patients are happier and healthier
when they feel they can talk openly with their
doctors. It can also improve care by helping to cut
down on errors and giving your doctor a better idea
about what treatments to give you.
Here are important tips to remember to help you
make the most of visits.
Before Your Appointment
Write down any questions you have about how you’re
feeling. Make sure to note any unusual symptoms you’re
experiencing like pain, fever, sleep problems or sudden
weight loss or gain. Note when they started, how often
they occur and whether they’ve become worse. Plan to
bring all your prescription and OTC medications with you.
At Your Appointment
Bring your list of questions to the appointment and
make sure to cover everything on it. Ask more questions
if you do not understand what your doctor wants you to
do to feel better. Your doctor will be thankful you spoke
up. Write down the things your doctor tells you. Ask him
or her to double-check what you’ve written.
Make the Most of Your Doctor Visits
After Your Appointment
Call your doctor’s office between visits if you have
questions. Also, contact your doctor’s office if you
have side effects from your medications or new or
worse symptoms.
Your money or your health. When it comes to
nutrition, sometimes it can seem like a choice
between the two. But you can eat well without
breaking the bank. Here’s how:
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Plan your meals.
Each week look at the
food you have, coupons and food store ads.
Search for recipes with ingredients that
you have or that are on sale.
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Buy fruits and vegetables that are in season.
Produce that’s in season is less expensive.
Springtime favorites include green beans,
rhubarb, strawberries and asparagus.
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Grow your own vegetable garden.
Spring
is the best time to plant seeds or seedlings.
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Buy whole produce.
Produce that is already
cut up, like celery sticks, costs more.
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Substitute beans for meat in meals.
Like
meat, beans include lots of protein, but
they don’t have saturated fat. Buy beans
dried or low-sodium canned.
Healthy Eating Doesn’t Have to Be Expensive
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To access our
Patient Safety Toolkit,
log in to
hap.org
and select the
My Health & Wellness
tab. Click
Quality and Patient Safety,
then
choose
tips on how to get safe care.