Blog 3/29/2017

Weekly Clinical Service Dose: Your Physician Wants Your Questions!

Asking questions and providing information to your physician and other care providers can greatly improve your care. Talking with your physician builds trust and leads to better results, quality and overall satisfaction with your visit.

Quality health care is a team effort and you play an important role. One of the best ways to communicate with your physician and health care team is by asking questions.  Because time is limited during medical appointments, you will feel less rushed if you prepare your questions before your appointment.

Physician’s know a lot about a lot of things, but they don’t always know everything about you or what is best for you.

The questions you ask your physician and the health care team can provide important information about you, such as your most important health care concerns.

Overall, A simple question can help you feel better, let you take better care of yourself, or even save your life.

These simple questions can help get you 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 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 that I’m already taking?

Be prepared for your next medical appointment. Create a list of questions that you can take with you whether you are getting a checkup, talking about a problem or health condition, getting a prescription, or discussing a medical test or surgery. Whatever the reason for your visit, it is important to be prepared.

Don’t be afraid to speak up and become an active participate in your care.

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