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How Can I Remember Everything the Doctor Tells Me?

Take notes, bring a friend or relative

Q. I get very nervous when I go to the doctor. How can I get the most out of a visit when I can't remember all the things he tells me?

A. Taking notes and bringing a friend or relative along to help ask questions and remember answers are both good ideas.

To get the most out of a visit to the doctor take notes or bring a friend along

Take notes when visiting the doctor. — Photo by Getty Images

For more tips, go to this federal website: ahrq.gov. Click on "Effective Health Care Program," then "Explore Your Treatment Options."

You may also like: How to talk to (and understand) your doctor. >>

Carole Fleck is a senior editor at the AARP Bulletin.

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