The better you and your doctor communicate, the more likely you are to be healthy. Asking the right questions—and understanding the answers—can lead to the best care.
According to the National Patient Safety Foundation’s Ask Me 3 patient education program, you should ask these three simple questions at every doctor visit:
Getting clear answers to these questions can help you and your doctor make better decisions about treatment. Plus, research shows people who understand their doctor’s health instructions make fewer mistakes with medicine and are better prepared for medical procedures. Other tips that can help:
Finally, keep asking questions until you understand exactly what the doctor is telling you about your condition and treatment.
Bring a list of medicines you take, including what strengths and when and how often you take them. List nonprescription drugs and nutritional or herbal supplements, and note any allergies or reactions you’ve had to medications. Also supply other medical information that might be helpful such as X-ray films, test results and medical records.