The Patient-Doctor Relationship: Making the Most of Every Medical Visit

Prepare for your medical visit by:

(1) making a list of your concerns,

(2) sharing it with the staff when you call for an appointment,

(3) briefly reviewing that listat the beginningof your visit with your doctor and

(4) bring a pen and paper to write down the things you wish to remember.


The 4 things you should know about every medication, treatment or investigation a doctor recommends:

  1. Indication (What is it for?)
  2. What are the common risks(or side effects)?
  3. What are the major risks (or side effects)?
  4. What are the alternatives?


The key details you need for every drug:

  1. Indication (What is it for?)
  2. Potential Interactions (with food or other drugs)
  3. Brandname& generic name
  4. Dose (e.g. mg) and frequency (e.g. twice daily)


5 things you should know about your Medical History:

  1. Allergies
  2. Family History
  3. Hospitalizations, Major Illnesses, Operations
  4. Chronic Medical Conditions
  5. Medications



  1. Choose wisely.Make it a goal that matters to you.
  2. Visualize yourself having achieved your goal.Use the power of attraction to reprogram your subconscious mind and prime the pump for success.
  3. Break it down.Turn that daunting supersized goal into manageable morsels. Gain confidence with early success and progressive achievement.
  4. Write down the details.


SMART goals are:

Specific.What are you going to do? Cycle, swim or run? Where will you do it? When will you do it?

Measurable.How many minutes? What distance? How fast?

Achievable.Realistic goals that are do-able for you.

Relevant.The goal has to be important to you and your health.

Time-specific.What day will you start the change? When will you finish?

  1. Anticipate and prepare for roadblocks.
  2. Enlist support.Consult your family doctor, choose a coach you’ll answer to, or get a friend to join you.

Dr. Davidicus Wong is a physician in Vancouver, B.C., Canada. 


About Davidicus Wong

I am a family physician. I write a weekly newspaper column, Healthwise for the Vancouver Courier, Burnaby Now, Royal City Record and Richmond News.
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