Know Your Health
Tips for Better Doctor Visits and Care
Allergy & Asthma Network’s Not One More Life Trusted Messengers project aims to empower with practical information and guidance so you can take charge of your health. It’s important to understand factors that impact your health so you can better manage your health in partnership with your doctor.
Factors That Impact Your Heath
For people of color, systemic bias can
- limit access to healthcare
- cause delays in diagnosis and treatment
- increase your risk of getting sick or dying from preventable and treatable diseases
- result in worse outcomes during disease outbreaks like COVID-19
This is wrong. That’s why we’re giving you specific tips and questions to ask when you meet with doctors, nurses and other healthcare workers. If they understand the factors that are both in and out of your control, they can help you get and stay healthy.
Know Your Health
Information I should share with my doctor at each visit
I take (prescription & over-the-counter)
(when they started, how they feel)
from other doctors taking care of me
about my life that may impact my health
Types of questions I should ask my doctor during each visit
- Ask what your vital signs are (blood pressure, weight, temperature), and if they are in the normal range.
- If your doctor orders tests, ask why they are being ordered and how you should prepare for them.
- Ask about the benefits and potential side effects of prescribed medicines and how to take and store them.
- If your doctor recommends a treatment, ask why and if it is the only treatment option available.
- If there are two or more treatment options, ask about the pros and cons of each and which is right for you.
- Ask for a visit summary and patient education materials (pamphlets, videos) to learn more about a diagnosis.
- Ask when you should schedule a follow-up visit. Make an appointment prior to leaving the doctor’s office.