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Talking With Your Health Care Team

PROMACTA

Making the Most of Health Care Appointments

Are you making the most of your doctor appointments? By taking time to prepare beforehand, you can make sure you’re making every minute count. Here are some tips to get you started:

 

  1. Think ahead. Write out any questions you may have or topics you want to discuss. The Doctor Discussion Guide may be useful to help you organize your thoughts. 
  2. Bring a friend. Having a trusted friend or family member come along for support may be helpful. 
  3. Take notes. It can be difficult to remember everything you hear, so bring a notebook with you. By writing things down, you can review what you learned later.
  4. Don’t be shy. If you don’t understand something, or if you don’t feel like your questions were answered, speak up.
  5. Keep a health journal. Write down symptoms and side effects as they occur, and bring this information to your appointment. It may help your doctor better understand your day-to-day experience with PROMACTA and chronic ITP.

 

Prepare for your next doctor visit by clicking and reviewing the topics below. Each includes suggestions that may help you start a conversation with your doctor.

What to ask

  • How do I find a dosing schedule that works for me?
  • Where can I find information about the calcium and magnesium content in foods?
  • I’m having difficulty with ___. What has worked for other people?

 

What to share

  • My current daily routine
  • What foods I’m eating
  • Anything affecting my ability to take PROMACTA as prescribed

What to ask

  • How should I manage my side effects?
  • Who should I contact if I’m having trouble with side effects?
  • How should I be tracking my side effects?

 

What to share

  • What side effects I’m having
  • How I’m managing any current side effects
  • How I’ve felt since my last visit

What to ask

  • How can I connect with other people who have chronic ITP and who live locally?
  • Is there a chronic ITP support group that I could join?
  • Who should I contact in your office if I have issues or concerns?

What to share

  • How I feel about living with chronic ITP
  • The kind of support I need
  • How I am currently taking care of myself emotionally

What to ask

  • What is the best way to reach you about concerns or questions I have?
  • What kind of health information should I be tracking?
  • What other helpful information can I share?

 

What to share

  • My treatment goals
  • What I need from my doctor
  • Any concerns or issues I’m having with my condition or my treatment

Want more help with talking to your doctor? Read these additional Questions for Your Doctor that have been provided by the Platelet Disorder Support Association (PDSA). 

Prepare for your next doctor appointment

Download this Doctor Discussion Guide PDF