A great initiative to come out of New Zealand has been an education campaign to help people PLAN their visit to the GP.
PLAN stands for:
*Prepare – think about what you want to discuss. Make a list of issues; write down key symptoms, dates or events.
*Listen and share – (though really the order is share your experience, feelings, concerns and thoughts with the doctor first, then listen to them after)
*Ask questions – about the tests, the treatment and the explanations. If something isn’t clear, it’s probably because the doctor hasn’t explained it properly
*Notes – write down what you need to do next.
It’s a great structure for a consultation and we’d encourage you to prepare for your visits in that way.