Online health consultations and medical appointments have given patients a new way to connect with healthcare professionals from the comfort of their homes.
These face-to-face video consultations are especially useful for patients based in far-off locations or those who cannot physically be present at a clinic because of health risks.
Before you book an online medical consultation, keep this list of questions in mind.
What Preventive Care Tactics Should I Follow?
Preventive care is necessary to lower the chances of a disease from resurfacing or spreading, as well as to alleviate the existing symptoms and prevent them from getting worse. It’s used to keep patients healthy and improve their quality of life.
When consulting a physician online via a video consultation, make sure you ask them about preventive care strategies that you may need to implement. For certain conditions such as chronic pain and degenerative diseases, preventive care is critical.
Ask your doctor what precautionary measures you need to adopt on top of the suggested treatment plan and discuss with them the specific types of preventive care strategies that may be used.
What Are the Side Effects of the Prescribed Medication?
Your physician is most likely going to prescribe you some sort of medication, depending on your specific condition. While this is an expected outcome of a consultation, don’t blindly rush into the process of starting a new medication or changing dosages. Instead, ask your doctor why they’re changing medication or prescribing a certain drug.
There’s absolutely no shame in asking for more information and having an open conversation about your treatment plan. If your doctor is suggesting you change medication or dosages, you deserve to know why.
Also ask them about any and all side-effects this may have, and the risks associated with it. If you’re apprehensive about the medication being prescribed, discuss your concerns in detail with your doctor beforehand so that you’re reassured about the proposed medication.
What Other Questions Should I Have?
Consultations can be overwhelming. Even if you prepare a list of questions to ask your physician beforehand, it’s possible to miss a few of those or overlook other concerns.
Thus, make it a point to ask your doctor if there are any other questions you need to ask before your appointment ends. They can address issues you may not have thought about or missed out on, ensuring that you get as much information and reassurance as possible.
For example, you may have asked in great detail about the physical impact of a certain treatment plan but not inquired about the emotional impact it may also have on you. Ask your physician if there’s anything else you need to know about or any other questions you’ve missed out on for a more thorough consultation.
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