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By: Elena Jamscek, PA-C

A lot of times we are just going to the doctor for a simple matter like a cold or a cough; other times we are going to the doctor for a long term problem or more concerning issue.  In the case of the latter, it would be helpful to have a family member or friend with you.  The benefits of another body in the room (1-4)  are pretty self explanatory…

  • Giving details about the patient’s concerns/issues, if needed.
  • Translating, if there is a language barrier.
  • Helping the patient understand the diagnosis and treatment plan
  • Assisting the patient in making treatment decisions to fit lifestyle/home needs


  • Remembering WHAT was said.  This is especially true if there is a difficult diagnosis, when frequently the patient cannot remember anything said after the diagnosis.

Recently my grandfather has been having heart issues and it has been a great help to have a family member with him for follow up instructions and medication directions.

If you as the patient want to bring someone to a doctor’s visit consider parents, adult children, siblings, spouse/partner, caregivers, neighbors, or friends.

Other hints for the visitor (not the patient):

  • Please do not bring up your own medical complaints.  Your focus of the visit should be on the patient, too.
  • Step out of the room so that the patient can address any personal or confidential issues with the physician.
  • If you are the caregiver and are overwhelmed, let the physician know.  More assistance or respite care can be arranged.