Examples of questions to consider asking your doctor

Examples of questions to consider asking your doctor

Going to a healthcare professional can be stressful, but being prepared can minimize the stress. Your objective is to create a partnership with your doctor that will help you manage your health. As you prepare to visit your healthcare professional, please consider the following questions:

  1. What do you think is my problem (diagnosis)?
  2. What is the best way to further diagnose or treat this problem?
  3. What evidence do you have to support the testing or treatment you suggest?
  4. What are the alternatives to the testing or treatment you suggest?
  5. What benefit and/or harm can I expect from this testing or treatment?
  6. How will this testing or treatment make me feel?
  7. What is the cost of this testing or treatment?
  8. What can I do to prevent other problems from developing or to keep this problem from getting worse?
  9. What data do you have showing the results of your care of patients with this problem?
  10. Where can I go for additional reliable information about this problem?
  11. What is my chance of survival and how long will I live if I undergo this treatment?
  12. What will my “quality of life” be with and without this treatment?

For more information about your benefits, please see your Benefits Handbook.

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