How Do You Get a Doctor's Note for Work?


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To get a doctor's note for work, make an appointment with your primary care physician or at a local clinic, and at the appointment, ask the doctor to write you a letter explaining that it is necessary for you to miss work. Keep a copy on hand for your records.

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A standard doctor's note includes a statement that your visit was necessary, an approximation of how many days you are likely to be out from work and if necessary a list of accommodations needed upon your return to your position. Medical privacy rules do not allow your health care provider to state the exact reason for your absence or your specific diagnosis without your approval.

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