Questions for Your Doctor
Last updated: Mar 23, 2010, 10:21 AM
By Joy Pierce Mathews for Summit Medical Group
The Summit Medical Group model of care focuses on well-coordinated, comprehensive, and convenient care that puts patients first. To ensure that you receive the highest standard of care, the Group wishes to help you:
- Take a role in your health care
- Ask questions
- Understand your condition or disease
- Understand and decide about your treatment options
Our Doctor Discussion Guide can make it easier for you to ask important questions when you visit your doctor. Print the Guide and follow these simple steps:
1) Place the Doctor Discussion Guide in a convenient location such as your refrigerator before your appointment. Having it handy will make it easier to make notes on it as you think of things you’d like to ask your doctor.
2) Write down all questions, concerns, or side effects that you are having.
3) Use the section at the bottom to write additional questions or make notes about recommendations your doctor has about your health, medications, and follow-up appointments.
4) Take all your medication bottles to your appointment or list them with the proper dosing below.
Don’t feel embarrassed to ask your doctor about any concerns you have about your health. Remember that he or she can only provide the care you need if you are honest about your complete medical history, including your lifestyle habits such as smoking, your diet, emotional problems, alcohol and drug use, and not taking medications as prescribed.
When visiting your doctor for an initial visit or full physical examination, he or she is likely to ask you about:
- Why you scheduled the visit
What is bothering you, including
—When your symptoms started
—Details about the symptoms
—How often they occur
—What makes them better or worse
—All previous experiences with the problem
Your medical history, including your
—Allergies to medications, food, and other substances
Your social history, including your
—Lifestyle behaviors such as smoking, alcohol use, recreational drug use
- Medications you’re taking
- Things you’ve done, including preventive measures, to improve or manage your condition
You can and should ask:
- What the doctor thinks might be wrong
- What he or she thinks might happen next
- If you need tests
- What the tests are for
- If you need medication or therapy to treat your condition or disease
- If there’s anything you can do at home to improve or maintain your health
At then end of your visit, you should ask:
- Whether you need another visit
- When and how you will get test results
- What additional symptoms you should expect
- If and when you should contact your doctor about your progress
- When you should follow up
- What more you should know
Please click on any of the following links for a list of downloadable questions about:
- Tests or procedures
- Choosing a practitioner
- Choosing a health plan
- Choosing a hospital
- Long-term care
Use this section to list any symptoms or other concerns you would like to discuss with your doctor.