PRE-VISIT PREPARATION PACKETS: " Patients who are better prepared for an appointment with their doctor will make better use of their one-on-one time with the doctor. The Stoeckle Center is developing novel approaches to reach out to patients and their families prior to their appointment. Newly designed pre-visit packets will contain basic information specific to each patient’s upcoming appointment, ensuring:
* a better prepared and better educated patient who becomes an active participant in his or her own treatment and prevention plans;
* the patient and physician identify clear objectives for the appointment;
* the groundwork is laid for true shared decision-makingthat patients understand their medications;
* better use of the time that patients and physicians spend together to make informed decisions and plans for care."
What a great idea ! Every physician should give one of these packets to patients prior to their consultation.