You show up five minutes early for your doctor’s appointment and wind up waiting 20 in the lobby and another 10 in the exam room. As you hear your doctor approach, talking in the hallway, you ready yourself. If you’re lucky, you have the next 15 minutes to voice your concerns, be examined, receive treatment recommendations and ask any questions.
It’s little wonder patients don’t feel listened to when they are at the doctor; they’re hardly given enough time. When you consider you’ll spend only a small portion of that 15 minutes talking, you better have your well-rehearsed speech ready and anticipate your doctor’s questions in advance.