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Living Well

Questions for Your Doctor

Last updated: Jul 30, 2014



Summit Medical Group focuses on well-coordinated, comprehensive, and convenient care that puts you first.

To ensure that you receive the highest standard of care, we want to help you:

  • Take a role in your health and health care
  • Ask questions
  • Understand your condition or disease
  • Understand and decide about your treatment options

Our Questions for Your Doctor can guide you to ask important questions druing your health care visits. 

Print the Guide and:

  • Place it 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
  • Write down all questions, concerns, or side effects that you are having.
  • 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.
  • 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
    —Family history
    —Surgical history
    —Allergies to medications, food, and other substances
  • Your social history, including your
    —Lifestyle behaviors such as smoking, alcohol use, recreational drug use
    —Sexual history
  • Medications you’re taking
  • Things you’ve done, including preventive measures, to improve or manage your condition
  • Immunizations

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:

Use this section to list any symptoms or other concerns you would like to discuss with your doctor.