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After Your Appointment

After you meet with your doctor, you will need to follow his or her instructions to keep your health on track.

Your doctor may have you fill a prescription or make an another appointment for tests, lab work, or a follow-up visit. It is important for you to follow your doctor’s instructions.

It also is important to call your doctor if you are unclear about any instructions or have more questions.

Prioritize your questions

Did You Know?

A good doctor-patient relationship is very important to help patients who have chronic diseases such as diabetes, high blood pressure, and heart disease manage their health problems.

Use the Question Builder to create a list of follow-up questions to ask if you—

  • Have a health problem
  • Need to get or change a medicine
  • Need a medical test
  • Need to have surgery

Other times to call your doctor

There are other times when you should follow up on your care and call your doctor. Call your doctor—

  • If you experience any side effects or other problems with your medicines.
  • If your symptoms get worse after seeing the doctor.
  • If you receive any new prescriptions or start taking any over-the-counter medicines.
  • To get results of any tests you’ve had. Do not assume that no news is good news.
  • To ask about test results you do not understand.

Your questions help your doctor and health care team learn more about you. Your doctor’s answers to your questions can help you make better decisions, receive a higher level of care, avoid medical harm, and feel better about your health care. Your questions can also lead to better results for your health.

Build Your Question List

Whether you have a health condition, have new medicines, need a medical test, or need surgery, here are key questions you can ask your doctor. The answers can improve your health.

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