It’s so hard anymore to get time with anyone — especially your doctor. So you really need to be prepared to make the most of each appointment.
Take heart. The federal Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality has come up with a cheat sheet you can bone up on or even take with you to help during the visit.
Now, it’s true that some doctors wince when patients show up with sheafs of Internet printouts. But, as the AHRQ points out, a good conversation between doctor and patient can make a big difference in the quality of care. So don’t be bashful.
Plus, it would be pretty hard for anyone to argue that the standard questions suggested by AHRQ aren’t reasonable and relevant.