When it comes to medical appointments, patients have a lot to retain (follow up visits, medication indications, discharge instructions, etc) therefore, patients tend to forget or make some mistakes before, during and after their doctor's visit. These are the six most common mistakes that patients make about their healthcare:
- Don't take medications as indicated.- Some patients forget what medications they are taking and when they are suppose to take them. It could be that the patient either did not understand or did not listen to the doctors indications.
- Not following up with their doctors. Patients should always follow up after a test or procedure. Patients often assume that if they haven't heard from the doctor's office after a procedure or test, it means the results are good.
- Not keeping track of past medical procedures, vaccinations, tests. This is a common problem for patients across the board regardless of their age, gender or background. Patients simply don't remember these past events, and they usually don't keep track or record of them.
- Omitting important information or not telling their doctor the full story. - Some patients forget, omit or lie about their medical history , health issues or daily habits out of fear or embarrassment. Omitting important information during a doctor's visit will hinder a doctor's ability to make the best healthcare decisions possible for a patient.
- Patients dont remember medical advice or next steps in their healthcare treatment plan. Patients also tend to forget to write down important information, advice or directions while at the doctor's office. It could be helpful for patients to take a pen and paper to their next visit or ask if its possible for the doctor to print it out for them.
- Not researching enough information on their doctor before an appointment or procedure. Before any procedure or visiting a doctor for the first time it is very important that patients obtain a doctor report of the provider.