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Cumberland Co. Hospital
PO Box 280
299 Glasgow Road
Burkesville, KY 42717

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Preparing for an office visit
Before you go, here are tips to maximize the moments you have with your health care provider.

  • Write down your most important concerns. Before your visit, review all your symptoms, including when they started; the history of the problem, including whether youíve had the problem before; and any treatments you have tried. List these things in order of importance, so you will be sure to get your most pressing concerns answered.
  • Bring related records. If you have information about drugs you use, allergies or other health problems, bring these records along if you are seeing a doctor for the first time. If your appointment is with a doctor youíve been with for a while, be sure to let him or her know what over-the-counter remedies you are using and whether you are taking medicine prescribed by another doctor.
  • Be brief and clear.  As you describe your symptoms to your doctor, avoid vague statements, such as ďIíve been feeling sick lately.Ē Be specific: ďIíve had a headache and nausea for the past week, and I donít know whatís causing it.Ē

Make the most of your visit
Here are ways to increase your recollection of the visit:

  • Take notes. Even if you canít write down everything you hear, an outline of the discussion will increase your memory. Take some time immediately after the visit to fill in other details you remember about the discussion. It also may help to talk your visit over with a friend or family member soon afterward.
  • Ask for information that is organized. Studies on communication show that understanding improves when information is well organized. Ask your doctor to put information into categories, such as what is wrong, what tests you may need, what treatments are available and what you must do.
  • Ask for explanations. When in doubt about a term your doctor uses, ask. A good way to ensure that you understand is to restate what you believe the doctor has told you. Then if you have misunderstood something, your doctor can explain it again.


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