Have you ever left your provider’s office realizing you forgot to ask a question or feeling like you can’t remember your next steps? Communicating well with your doctor is key to receiving good health care. Follow these 10 tips to become a more empowered and engaged partner in your own health – and the health of those you care for. Write down any questions you may have or topics you'd like to discuss beforehand and bring with to your appointment. Set the agenda. Tell your provider at the beginning of your appointment what you hope to accomplish. Tell your provider about other providers you have seen in the past year. This includes specialists, urgent cares and any testings they ordered. Discuss prescriptions, over-the-counter medications, supplements or vitamins you are taking and ask about generic or lower-cost options. If you have a smart phone or tablet, it’s useful to take pictures of your medication and supplement labels to show the doctor. Talk with your provider about any falls you have had or if you are having problems with walking or balance. Review your vaccine schedule with your provider. Ask about getting a flu shot and why it is important. Discuss any bladder control or leaking issues. Inquire about if you should start, increase or maintain your current exercise level. Have a discussion about your weight. Tell your provider if you are having difficulty sleeping or feeling sad. Discuss where and how to get urgent care when needed. Download the Christie Clinic mobile app to access the patient portal and stay connected to your health. Your app can help you manage your appointments, access your test results, communicate with your provider and receive health educations and important notifications.