Whether it’s the first time or the 50th, doctors’ office visits can be stressful. For ideas on ways to make the most of your visits, we spoke to a teen with lupus, a pediatric rheumatologist, a young woman who was diagnosed with lupus in 1994, and a public health scientist and author. Here are their suggestions.
Get a Good Start
Approach the appointment with the right expectations. “People should expect to see a doctor who is caring and prepared to see them,” says Steven R. Feldman, M.D., Ph.D., professor of dermatology, pathology, and public health sciences at the Wake Forest University School of Medicine and author of Great Medical Care: The Handbook for Making Your Visit to the Doctor Better. He adds, “Start things off right by having a positive attitude.”