Questions to Ask your Doctor

20 Tips to help prevent medical errors
(Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ))
Questions to ask your doctor about medicines, surgery, hospital stays and other health care issues. Also available in Spanish.
20 Tips to Help Prevent Medical Errors in Children
(Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ))
What you need to know and ask about to get the safest health care for your child.
Ask Me 3
(Partnership for Clear Health Communication)
Asking good questions is important to understanding your health. This site gives you three basic questions to ask. Check the Tips for Clear Health Communication. This is a checklist of hints to help you prepare for a visit to your doctor or pharmacist.
Choosing a Doctor
(National Institute on Aging)
This article from the AgePage can help you choose a doctor who is right for you. Read about what you should look for in a doctor, and how to decide what type of doctor you might want for your primary or general care. Learn how your health insurance program can help and how managed care programs can affect your choice. A list of questions to ask doctors about themselves and their practice is helpful. Also available in Spanish.
Having Surgery? What You Need to Know Questions to Ask Your Doctor and Your Surgeon
(Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ))
A link to booklet in PDF format. The booklet describes the questions you should ask your surgeon before an operation. Each question includes a brief explanation of the kind of information you want to get.
Questions are the Answer
(Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ))
This Website of the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services allows you to build your own personalized checklist of questions to ask your doctor. Improve your healthcare by asking the right questions.
Questions to Ask your Doctor
Going to see the doctor? Even the best physician can't give you the right answers if you're not asking the right questions. This section from MedicineNet helps put you in control of your healthcare. Lists of questions to ask your doctor are given for many different conditions and treatments.
Quick tips - when talking to your doctor
(Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ))
Advice on how to be actively involved in your healthcare. Information to give your doctor and information to ask about.
Quick tips When getting medical tests
(Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ))
Advice for patients about questions to ask their doctor about medical tests and what they can do to assure that tests are being done by qualified labs.
Quick tips when planning surgery
(Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ))
How to find out about the benefits and risks of surgery. Includes Questions to Ask your Doctor.
Talking to Your Doctor
(National Eye Institute)
This list of questions can help you discuss your health with your doctor. It includes questions about your disease or disorder, your treatment, and tests. There are also tips on how to make sure you understand what your doctor is telling you.
Talking With Your Doctor
Links to sites which have been reviewed by librarians at the National Library of Medicine. Learn how to be an active member of your healthcare team, how to talk with your doctor and other health providers, getting a second opinion, questions to ask if you are facing a serious illness, and more. Select espanol from the menu bar for Spanish links.
Talking with Your Doctor
(NIH Senior Health)
Provides information on ways to talk with your doctor. Sections include how to discuss sensitive topics, how to ask your doctor questions and how to discuss disease prevention. There are also several videos and quizzes for you to take to learn more.
Talking with Your Doctor: A Guide for Older People
(National Institute on Aging)
This new, revised edition of the National Institute on Aging's popular booklet, Talking with Your Doctor, provides you with helpful worksheets, and offers many tips and suggestions, including: choosing a doctor you can talk to, getting ready for an appointment, giving and getting information, discussing sensitive subjects, and involving family and friends. You can either download this document as a .pdf file or order a free printed copy from this site.

Last Modified: Tuesday October 11, 2016 10:40 AM