How can I prepare for consultations with my doctor?
The more you plan your consultations, the more you will be able to learn about your health and treatment options.
Make a list of questions
It is normal to have many questions. Write your questions as they come to mind so that you can remember everything you want to ask when you go to the office. You may want to ask about what tests are being done, what the test results mean, or the changes you need to make in your diet and medicines.
Sample questions to ask your doctor for people with kidney disease
About your exams
- What is my GFR? What does it mean?
- Has my GFR changed since the last time?
- What is my albumin value in the urine? What does it mean?
- Have my urine albumin results changed compared to the latest results?
- Is my kidney disease progressing?
- Is my blood pressure within normal parameters?
About treatment and personal care
- What can I do to prevent my disease from progressing?
- Should any of my medications or doses be changed?
- At what time of the day should I take each of my medicines?
- Do I need to change my diet?
- Will you refer me to a dietitian for dietary advice?
- When should I see a nephrologist (kidney specialist)?
- Should I worry about dialysis or a kidney transplant?
- What should I do to protect my veins?
- What other health problems should I face due to my kidney disease?
- Should I look for any symptoms? If so, what are they?
Take a friend or family member with you to support you
A trusted friend or family member can take notes, ask questions that did not happen to you, provide support and help remember what the doctor said during the consultation. Talk in advance about what you want to get from the consultation and the role you would like your friend or family member to have.
Who is part of my health care team?
The following health care providers can be part of the health care team involved in your treatment:
- Primary attention doctor. Your primary care provider – doctor, nurse practitioner or medical assistant – is the person who will assist you in your routine medical visits. Your primary care doctor can monitor the health of your kidneys and help you manage your diabetes and high blood pressure. A primary care doctor also prescribes medicines and can refer you to a kidney specialist in Delhi.
- A nurse can help you with your treatment and teach you about monitoring and treating kidney disease, as well as controlling your health problems. Some nurses specialize in kidney disease.
- Certified dietitian. A registered dietitian is a food and nutrition expert who helps people create a healthy eating plan when they have health problems like kidney disease. Dietitians can help you create a diet plan based on how your kidneys work. The “kidney dieticians” often work in dialysis centers and are specially trained to work with people with kidney disease.
- Diabetes educator. A diabetes educator teaches people with diabetes how to manage their disease and manage diabetes-related problems.
- A pharmacist teaches you about your medicines and gives you your prescriptions. An important function of the pharmacist is to review all your medicines, including over-the-counter medicines and supplements to avoid risky combinations and side effects.
- Nephrologist. A nephrologist is a kidney specialist. Your primary care doctor can refer you to a nephrologist in Delhi if you have a complicated picture of kidney disease, your disease progresses rapidly or is at an advanced stage.