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Preparing for Your Appointment

Making the most of your time with your physician can make a big impact on your overall health and wellness. Here are some ways you can prepare for your appointment at Rush:

Prepare before

  • If there are a number of symptoms bothering you, write them down. The more information you give to your doctors, the better their opportunity to treat you effectively.
  • Write down a list of questions before your appointment to help you make sure you get a chance to voice all of your concerns.
  • Prepare a list of the medications you currently take and the dosages.

What to bring

  • If you’re facing a complicated or difficult condition, bring a friend or family member with you. This person can offer support while also taking notes and asking additional questions.
  • Call ahead if you need an interpreter or any assistive devices.
  • Don’t forget to bring your photo ID, insurance card and cash, check or a credit card.

Visit the practice site

Many physician practices at Rush have websites that can offer the following:

  • Information about your doctor and the practice
  • Forms to fill out
  • Driving directions

You can find out if your doctor has a practice page by doing the following:

  • Calling your doctor's office before your appointment
  • Searching on the practice resource site
  • Looking on your after-visit summary (after your initial and subsequent visits)