10 questions to ask your healthcare provider

DSC_5715Talking with your doctor, nurse or other healthcare provider is an important part of making sure you receive the best care possible. This includes asking questions when you want to learn more about or don’t understand a recommended plan of care.

Being involved in your care — talking with your provider and asking questions — helps your care team understand what is important to you, builds trust and can lead to higher quality, safer care.

At your next doctor visit or exam, partner with your care team! Speak up, and share your concerns and questions. The list below can help you get started.

  1. What is the test for?
  2. How many times have you done this procedure?
  3. When will I get the results?
  4. Why do I need this treatment?
  5. Are there any alternatives?
  6. What are the possible complications?
  7. Which hospital (or clinic, treatment center, etc.) is best for my needs?
  8. How do you spell the name of that drug?
  9. Are there any side effects?
  10. Will this medicine interact with medicines I’m already taking?

Adapted from Questions To Ask Your Doctor: Questions Are the Answer. September 2012. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD.

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