What is Consultation?
Also referred to as a medical consultation, a general consultation is a meeting between a physician and a patient. Common goals include taking preventive measures to halt the development of various diseases particularly for patients who have risk factors, obtain a diagnosis for symptoms being experienced by the patient, or in the case of an annual checkup, to reassess the patient’s risk of various medical conditions.
A patient may see different types of physicians all throughout his life, as he grows older or as certain conditions are being identified.
Who Should Undergo and Expected Results
- Maintenance of a person’s overall well-being
- Meeting the needs of a personp
- Early detection
- Recommendation or referral
How Does the Procedure Work?
There are two ways on how patients can initiate a general consultation:
- They are either recommended by their primary doctor, or they personally approach a specialist. If it is the former, the primary doctor is responsible for forwarding any existing medical record of the patient to the specialist.
- This is important so the patient does not have to go through the same physical exams and answer the same questions during the medical interview.
- If it is the latter, the patient sets up an appointment with a clinic or hospital where the doctor is working. An ideal schedule is then provided.
- During the consultation, the doctor conducts a thorough medical review by asking questions. The questions may cover symptoms, general condition or feeling of the patient, any health concerns, and the results of previous medical tests.