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Be Prepared for Medical Appointments
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Did your clinician give you a prescription?
Are you scheduled to have medical tests?
Did you recently receive a diagnosis?
Are you considering treatment for an illness or condition?
Did your clinician recently recommend surgery?
Are you choosing a health plan?
Are you choosing a clinician?
Are you choosing a hospital?
Are you choosing long-term care?

Did your clinician give you a prescription?

Ask:

What is the name of the medicine?

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How do you spell the name?

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Can I take a generic version of this medicine?

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What is the medicine for?

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How am I supposed to take it?

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When should I take my medicine?

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How much medicine should I take?

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How long do I need to take the medicine?

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When will the medicine start working?

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Can I stop taking my medicine if I feel better?

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Can I get a refill?

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Are there any side effects?

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When should I tell someone about a side effect?

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Do I need to avoid any food, drinks, or activities?

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Does this new prescription mean I should stop taking any other medicines Im taking now?

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Can I take vitamins with my prescription?

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What should I do if I forget to take my medicine?

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What should I do if I accidentally take more than the recommended dose?

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Is there any written information I can take home with me?

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Are there any tests I need to take while Im on this medicine?

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Are you scheduled to have medical tests?

Ask:

What is the test for?

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How is the test done?

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Will the test hurt?

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How accurate is the test?

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Is this test the only way to find out that information?

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What are the benefits and risks of having this test?

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What do I need to do to prepare for the test?

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How many times have you performed the test?

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When will I get the results?
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What will the results tell me?
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Whats the next step after the test?
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Did you recently receive a diagnosis?

Ask:

What is my diagnosis?
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What is the technical name of my disease or condition, and what does it mean in plain English?
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What is my prognosis (outlook for the future)?
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What changes will I need to make?
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Is there a chance that someone else in my family might get the same condition?
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Will I need special help at home for my condition?
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Is there any treatment?
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What are my treatment options?
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How soon do I need to make a decision about treatment?
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What are the benefits and risks associated with my treatment options?
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Is there a clinical trial (research study) that is right for me?
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Will I need any additional tests?
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What organizations and resources do you recommend for support and information?
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Are you considering treatment for an illness or condition?

Ask:

What are my treatment options?
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What do you recommend?
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Is the treatment painful?
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How can the pain be controlled?
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What are the benefits and risks of this treatment?
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How much does this treatment cost?
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Will my health insurance cover the treatment?
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What are the expected results?
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When will I see results from the treatment?
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What are the chances the treatment will work?
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Are there any side effects?
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What can be done about them?
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How soon do I need to make a decision about treatment?
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What happens if I choose to have no treatment at all?
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Did your clinician recently recommend surgery?

Ask:

Why do I need surgery?
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What kind of surgery do I need?
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What will you be doing?
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What are the benefits and risks of having this surgery?
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Have you done this surgery before?
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How successful is this surgery?
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Which hospital is best for this surgery?
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Will the surgery hurt?
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Will I need anesthesia?
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How long will the surgery take?
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How long will it take me to recover?
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How long will I be in the hospital?
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What will happen after the surgery?
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How much will the surgery cost?
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Will my health insurance cover the surgery?
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Is there some other way to treat my condition?
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What will happen if I wait or dont have this surgery?
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Where can I get a second opinion?
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Are you choosing a health plan?

Ask:

What are my options?
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Does this health plan provide the benefits and services I need?
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Does this health plan offer the clinicians and hospitals I want?
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Can I afford this health plan?.
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Are you choosing a clinician?

Ask:

Is this clinician part of my health plan?
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Does this clinician have the background and training I need?
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Is this clinician able to work at the hospital I like?
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Can I talk to this clinician and ask questions easily?
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Does this clinician listen to me?
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Does this clinician wash his or her hands between examining each patient?
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Are you choosing a hospital?

Ask:

Which hospital has the best care for my condition?
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Is this hospital covered by my health insurance?
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Does the hospital meet national quality standards?
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How does the hospital compare with others in my area?
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Has the hospital had success with my condition?
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Does my clinician have privileges (is allowed to work) at this hospital?
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How well does the hospital check and improve on its own quality of care?
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Are you choosing long-term care?

Ask:

What kind of services do I need?
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What are my care options?
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Will my health insurance cover long-term care?
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Will this facility meet my needs?
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How is this care facility rated?
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More Information

For more information, go to: http://www.ahrq.gov/questionsaretheanswer

Current as of May 2007
AHRQ Publication No. 07-0039-A


Internet Citation:

Be Prepared for Medical Appointments. AHRQ Publication No. 07-0039-A, May 2007. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD. http://www.ahrq.gov/qual/beprepared.htm

 

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