To help you work with your GP we have put together a few questions. We used this for 100 patients across two surgeries in Hampshire and it was shown to help both doctors and patients. Comments included “It helped me remember and prepare”, “very useful to order my thoughts”. Fill one out and bring it along with you to your next consultation.
For your doctor it helps to know, early on, what your list of questions is and which one you want to focus on. GPs have to share their time across an average of 2000 patients so there is a limit to appointment time. Doctors have around seven minutes face to face with you within a ten minute appointment after allowing for preparation and actions afterwards.
Knowing what you think the problem is (your ideas), what you are worried it might be (your concerns) and what you hoped would happen (your expectations) is helpful for doctors. The earlier they can know your “ideas, concerns and expectations” (ICE) the better as they can then address these early on.