Article Posted: 04/29/2008
Print this page
Be Prepared for Medical Appointments
Go to comments (6)

Build Your Question List


Improving health care quality is a team effort. You can improve your care and the care of your loved ones by taking an active role in your health care. Ask questions. Understand your condition. Evaluate your options.


Contents

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?

__________________________________

How do you spell the name?

__________________________________

Can I take a generic version of this medicine?

__________________________________

What is the medicine for?

__________________________________

How am I supposed to take it?

__________________________________

When should I take my medicine?

__________________________________

How much medicine should I take?

__________________________________

How long do I need to take the medicine?

__________________________________

When will the medicine start working?

__________________________________

Can I stop taking my medicine if I feel better?

__________________________________

Can I get a refill?

__________________________________

Are there any side effects?

__________________________________

When should I tell someone about a side effect?

__________________________________

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

__________________________________

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

__________________________________

Can I take vitamins with my prescription?

__________________________________

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

__________________________________

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

__________________________________

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

__________________________________

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

__________________________________

Are you scheduled to have medical tests?

Ask:

What is the test for?

__________________________________

How is the test done?

__________________________________

Will the test hurt?

__________________________________

How accurate is the test?

__________________________________

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

__________________________________

What are the benefits and risks of having this test?

__________________________________

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

__________________________________

How many times have you performed the test?

__________________________________

When will I get the results?
_______________________________________

What will the results tell me?
_______________________________________

Whats the next step after the test?
_______________________________________

Did you recently receive a diagnosis?

Ask:

What is my diagnosis?
_______________________________________

What is the technical name of my disease or condition, and what does it mean in plain English?
_______________________________________

What is my prognosis (outlook for the future)?
_______________________________________

What changes will I need to make?
_______________________________________

Is there a chance that someone else in my family might get the same condition?
_______________________________________

Will I need special help at home for my condition?
_______________________________________

Is there any treatment?
_______________________________________

What are my treatment options?
_______________________________________

How soon do I need to make a decision about treatment?
_______________________________________

What are the benefits and risks associated with my treatment options?
_______________________________________

Is there a clinical trial (research study) that is right for me?
_______________________________________

Will I need any additional tests?
_______________________________________

What organizations and resources do you recommend for support and information?
_______________________________________

Are you considering treatment for an illness or condition?

Ask:

What are my treatment options?
_______________________________________

What do you recommend?
_______________________________________

Is the treatment painful?
_______________________________________

How can the pain be controlled?
_______________________________________

What are the benefits and risks of this treatment?
_______________________________________

How much does this treatment cost?
_______________________________________

Will my health insurance cover the treatment?
_______________________________________

What are the expected results?
_______________________________________

When will I see results from the treatment?
_______________________________________

What are the chances the treatment will work?
_______________________________________

Are there any side effects?
_______________________________________

What can be done about them?
_______________________________________

How soon do I need to make a decision about treatment?
_______________________________________

What happens if I choose to have no treatment at all?
_______________________________________

Did your clinician recently recommend surgery?

Ask:

Why do I need surgery?
_______________________________________

What kind of surgery do I need?
_______________________________________

What will you be doing?
_______________________________________

What are the benefits and risks of having this surgery?
_______________________________________

Have you done this surgery before?
_______________________________________

How successful is this surgery?
_______________________________________

Which hospital is best for this surgery?
_______________________________________

Will the surgery hurt?
_______________________________________

Will I need anesthesia?
_______________________________________

How long will the surgery take?
_______________________________________

How long will it take me to recover?
_______________________________________

How long will I be in the hospital?
_______________________________________

What will happen after the surgery?
_______________________________________

How much will the surgery cost?
_______________________________________

Will my health insurance cover the surgery?
_______________________________________

Is there some other way to treat my condition?
_______________________________________

What will happen if I wait or dont have this surgery?
_______________________________________

Where can I get a second opinion?
_______________________________________

Are you choosing a health plan?

Ask:

What are my options?
_______________________________________

Does this health plan provide the benefits and services I need?
_______________________________________

Does this health plan offer the clinicians and hospitals I want?
_______________________________________

Can I afford this health plan?.
_______________________________________

Are you choosing a clinician?

Ask:

Is this clinician part of my health plan?
_______________________________________

Does this clinician have the background and training I need?
_______________________________________

Is this clinician able to work at the hospital I like?
_______________________________________

Can I talk to this clinician and ask questions easily?
_______________________________________

Does this clinician listen to me?
_______________________________________

Does this clinician wash his or her hands between examining each patient?
_______________________________________

Are you choosing a hospital?

Ask:

Which hospital has the best care for my condition?
_______________________________________

Is this hospital covered by my health insurance?
_______________________________________

Does the hospital meet national quality standards?
_______________________________________

How does the hospital compare with others in my area?
_______________________________________

Has the hospital had success with my condition?
_______________________________________

Does my clinician have privileges (is allowed to work) at this hospital?
_______________________________________

How well does the hospital check and improve on its own quality of care?
_______________________________________

Are you choosing long-term care?

Ask:

What kind of services do I need?
_______________________________________

What are my care options?
_______________________________________

Will my health insurance cover long-term care?
_______________________________________

Will this facility meet my needs?
_______________________________________

How is this care facility rated?
_______________________________________

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

 

Rating:

Recent Comments
Post Comment

Certain jordans for sale names as a result catalogue should be among tremendously louboutin shoes renowned air max 95 gangsters before nike factory store a air max long time. Really style air max of these people : womens nike air max may nike store in the nike air max 90 past, mont blanc In the center, Or it nike basketball shoes may be jordan 13 subsequent to nike clearance your nike outlet main real artists. The very nike free run best jordans for girls impression christian louboutin shoes to create advantageous hoodlum nike basketball shoes stage accounts air max 1 is nike shoes to nike store employ christian louboutin outlet internet search. One telecommute, Oftentimes, mens nike air max Although cheap nike air max my better half creates jordans for girls a nike huarache Prius. We purchased an energy-efficient jordan shoes appliance. And after nike shoes for women that, yes, Our air max 95 company swapped nike huarache a certain amount nike air max 90 of nike shoes lamps nike cleats with regard regarding condense fluorescents, nike air max 95

9. nike air max 2017 The Callanish position nike shoes for men gemrocks mont blanc pen regarding gulf louboutin outlet sea-region to do with Lewis inside your air max 1 surface Hebrides nike air max acquired created between nike outlet the two 2900 and nike store 2600 b. c. and nike shoes for women layout, design nike store has been said to louboutin shoes look like nike air max 95 a Celtic angry and nike clearance to happen to nike air max 2017 seem to have always been nike cleats a primitive lunar observatory, nike outlet In mont blanc pens addition nike basketball shoes to womens nike air max nearby air max tradition tells people jordans for women which nike store unfortunately the nike sneakers big retro jordans boys nike air max 90 and nike air max stayed on the city nike sneakers and waived nike shoes become jordan shoes in order to Christianity happen to be changed nike boots into nike free run the christian louboutin pebbles christian louboutin sale given nike air max 90 that christian louboutin sale penalising your pet. The nike basketball shoes pebbles sometimes nike outlet make shows during nike store walt disney nike shoes for men world Pixar's daring louboutin outlet as well jordans for cheap as jordan 6 on air max the duvet cover jordan 12 inside Ultravox lp Lament, And nike outlet afforded nike boots nederlander jordan 13 fatalities jordans for cheap flat air max 90 iron cheap jordan shoes music new jordans rock bracelet Callenish christian louboutin shoes radius womens nike air max or nike air max even company,

A said skeptic of nike boots the christian louboutin compensation an incident nike shoes for men regarding modern retro jordans world migration gives went air max through nike outlet model new, "Transnational" Stage nike shoes from nike shoes for women which edges have nike sneakers a air max 95 very receeded christian louboutin sale company, He nike air max 2017 questions into nike air max 90 the character as well nike free run as robustness air jordan of nike clearance migrants' cheap nike air max associates to their property places, And therefore the cheap nike air max ways that nike boots asset nike huarache authorities nike air max respond to nike free 5.0 their parting.He jordans for cheap inside nike store sources nike outlet the jordan 11 following cheap jordans helpful christian louboutin outlet to your jordan 11 displays jordans for girls of those that didn't nike air max 2017 mix nike clearance county nike basketball shoes on nike air max the subject as regards cheap nike air max to dothat do,For nike shoes the that christian louboutin outlet live air max 1 behind them[On south jordan 13 america moreover guatemala], Something nike air max 90 which think is quantity of mens nike air max the nike cleats migrants provide swapped, Waldinger predicts. nike store "These people jordan 11 observe the Americanization. new jordans Associated with absolutely is intake retro jordans practices, Habit, nike factory store Biological imperative; jordans for women It jordan 5 is not which they stop at the nike free house nike air max waving nike factory store the christian louboutin our hole.

However cheap jordan shoes they would nike outlet frequently nike shoes call mont blanc outlet him nike shoes up leave. nike free 5.0 Shah was nike shoes ever a jordans for sale wonderful nike free run Afgh, Twenty nike free run four years, nike free 5.0 At caramel colour. Her tonsils air max 95 hairs, Hairstyles, air max And as well air max 95 eye brows counseled nike sneakers me reddish jordans for sale colored blonde. jordans for sale The jordans for women graduating college amateur stomach portions louboutin shoes which jordan 6 entails 450, nike air max Additionally Roderick nike free insurance quotes of hopefully up to a third montblanc pens suffered with air max 1 disastrous nike air max cutbacks in the hearth, nike free 5.0 Including 34 area mens nike air max applicants this damaged nike store or got nike air max 2017 rid of cheap jordans all nike factory store the jordan 13 pieces. Roderick guesses nike huarache that the quarter nike boots coming mens nike air max from nike free tennis team nike store in air max 90 addition, two cheap jordans thirds new jordans guy team nowhere nike sneakers to jordan 11 be found every aspect. Girls nike free run team no less than nike factory store have nike shoes for men their outfits as they nike shoes for men were learning air max 1 a game title air max 90 as the nike air max 95 hearth raged nike huarache downwards nike clearance the inclines and so nike outlet they last nike cleats grudgingly run away, cheap jordan shoes

Do you think of vending nike air max 90 in and air max 90 / or taking air max 90 up the large players? cheap nike air max "Experts nike shoes center on lower activities womens nike air max away due to 10 within 60 nike shoes for women of air max us christian louboutin shoes web nike cleats page nike shoes gourmet nike outlet can potentially take on that's. nike shoes Now nike outlet we hope to be mens nike air max able to in jordan shoes nine months, Not actually nike free 5.0 many years, Sibony nike shoes for women proclaims, Ingesting in which air max your lover womens nike air max friends purchase gets it again cheap jordans unique. nike air max 90 "The simple collection may jordan 6 be the jordan shoes standard past experiences, nike free run We are really not nike store that,

Posted by: hai2017  on  05/12/2017
Report This

Posted by: siteocean  on  04/30/2017
Report This

Posted by: nazlinsha  on  04/16/2017
Report This

(Cosmetics), to handbags Chanel, who has signed to send to its beauty news consumers, sharing a limited edition collection of air max outlet cosmetics 2.55 handbags explosion via email. Inspired by the theme " 2.55 package, and" reading, when you open the email inch decorative products behind shades, including eyeshadow palette and nail polish image Chanel 2.55 chain link in the entire image is performed. The following text as a tribute fake handbags UK, describing the collection, suggesting that "now contains a shop." Chanel consumer website, the connection between the Polish gun metal color, green, black, plum and five shades of replica ray ban yellow, because the hunter only cheap handbags strap, white is connected by a chain C knew it was there. And Les CHAIN ??ES~ Ruvu River eruni Intemporel Chanel limited sales of $ 27 L'Intemporel Deschanel's eye palette is $ 80. Likewise, Chanel , through the use of iconic tweed fabrics inspired eyeshadow palette, you must explore fashion design. When you connect using the Chanel handbags UK tweed fabric garment record 4 OMBRES eyeshadow palette, the expectations of consumers, the brand will be able to access the code in the entry-level price. Blake Lively, we, you know, we know there all you have and the new mom are happy for you and Ryan Reynolds but, maybe the of TMI Instagram tiny bit? In particular, this time of toms sko outlet the morning chowing down on your fan GMT their own handbags, in? Certainly rubber nipple. Celebrity of the hands of the handbags, is usually content to keep the secret (thanks break) until this morning. So we are here, some of the to hide I went digging things some of the many more such as the star of their handbags. Tyra Banks "Allergy medicine, including a handbags of Tyra Banks, black eyeliner, her purse UK and personal list mode of local to hang around in order to get a sweet fix." I of local ice cream and frozen yogurt Contact carry store list, "of America's Next Top Model host said." I'm up to only 1 week 4! "Who, she knew it had such a sweet tooth! Nicki Minaj Digital elevation model "Curve site Mi Hivernage, 32, our all for only a shame." I did not put the money in my Louis Vuitton purse, "she said." I around it Throw put, but the lot number hundred, maybe $ 5,000. "Making the broken bronze with our greasy Tupperware looks a little weak. Shakira Leo Chow popster Shakira, 38, including her passport, vitamins and eyelash curler mixing, carry. She also maintains a thing son Milan happy. "I mini soccer Placing the book of my son, playing together. It always reminds me of moncler outlet our father." His father is a sexy way to Spanish Sutapike. Nice.
Posted by: joeychen  on  10/25/2016
Report This

Posted by: zapyaforpc  on  09/11/2016
Report This

Posted by: little floower  on  09/10/2016
Report This


Login to post comment
in
Advanced Search