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Adult Well Visit

A Little Prevention Goes a Long Way

Don't let illness sneak up on you. Paying attention to your health, even when you feel fine, can make staying well easier in the long term.

Regular screening tests and checkups with a doctor are good ways to take control of your health. These exams can make it easier to spot problems early, when treatment is often more effective. They might even prevent a problem from developing in the first place.

Which screenings are for you?

Some of the screenings that your doctor might recommend could include tests for:

  • Cholesterol
  • Blood Pressure
  • Diabetes
  • Colorectal Cancer Screening: Men and women should have their first exam at age 45.
  • Women’s Health Screenings

Ask your doctor which tests are right for you.

Make your office visit count

Your health is important and Iowa Total Care wants to help you get the most out of your visit to your primary care provider (PCP). The checklists below include suggestions of what you can do before, during and after your PCP visit.

Before Your Visit

  • Call to confirm your appointment and to make sure your doctor is in Iowa Total Care’s network.
  • Write down any questions you may have.
  • Write down any health issues you’ve noticed, like changes in your weight, sleep or mood.

During Your Visit

  • Use your worksheet to help you fill out any office paperwork.
  • Ask questions about your blood pressure or weight.
  • Check about scheduling tests for blood sugar or cholesterol.
  • Take notes about any important information you want to remember, like instructions, prescriptions or referrals.

After Your Visit

  • Schedule any follow-up appointments and your next wellness visit.
  • Check on test results.
  • Pick up any prescriptions.

Use this worksheet (PDF) to help you prepare for your appointment and for writing notes during your visit. Take charge of your health by asking questions and sharing information, so your PCP can help you receive the best possible care. You may be eligible for rewards for a well visit.