If you aren't feeling well and going to the doctor, what should you ask? How should you prepare for the visit?

Preparing for your visit to the doctor will make the most effective use of your time and your practitioner's time. Write down your questions and concerns before the visit. Sample questions include:

  • What do you think I have?
  • How long will it last or take to get better?
  • What do I have to do to get rid of it?
  • What is the next step if your treatment doesn't work?
  • What will happen to my condition if I don't do as you tell me to do?
  • Is there an alternative treatment?
  • How can I reach you if I have another question?

Asking the health care practitioner questions not only helps you become more educated about your care, it also can help the practitioner better organize his or her thoughts about your care. Questions will help guide the decision making process by bringing a focus to your health concerns and your care options. Asking the health care practitioner to explain his or her assessment is not rude. The practitioner welcomes relevant questions, and appreciates having an informed patient as a health care partner. In addition, you can learn about the consequences if you do not follow the practitioner's instructions.


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