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What will my GP want to know?

No two people with a health condition are the same so it is important to think about what matters most to you before you talk to your GP. You and your GP should work out a plan for your care that suits you. This could mean stopping, starting or changing a treatment or medicine if you choose to. You may find it helpful to have a family member or carer with you for this conversation.

Things to think about before your appointment

You might want to think about some of the things that are important to you before you talk to you GP, such as:

  • How do your health problems affect you? How do you feel about that?

  • Are your treatments helping, or do you have any side effects that cause you problems?

  • Is it difficult to get to your healthcare appointments? Are they a long way from your home? Is it hard to fit them around work and caring for family?

  • What matters most to you about your health and everyday life? For example:

    • Is there one problem that bothers you more than others?

    • Are you most concerned about symptoms like pain that you have now, or worried about the chance of future problems such a stroke?

    • Are you worried about losing your independence?

  • How important is it for you to work, or take part in particular activities, sports or hobbies?

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