Questions to Ask Your Doctor

About Your Symptoms or Diagnosis

  • How serious is my disease or condition, and how will it affect my home and work life?

  • What is the short-term and long-term prognosis for my disease or condition?

  • What caused the disease or condition?

  • Is there more than one disease or condition that could be causing my symptoms?

  • What symptoms should I watch for?

  • What tests will be involved in diagnosing my disease or condition?

  • How safe and accurate are the tests?

  • When will I know the test’s results?

  • Do I need a follow-up visit and if so, when?

  • Do I need to take precautions to avoid infecting others?

  • How is the disease or condition treated?

 

About Your Treatment

  • What are my treatment options?

  • How long will the treatment take?

  • What is the cost of the treatment?

  • What side effects can I expect?

  • What risks and benefits are associated with the treatment?

  • What would happen if I didn’t have any treatment?

  • What would happen if I delay my treatment?

  • Is there anything I should avoid during treatment?

  • What should I do if I have side effects?

  • How will I know if the medication is working?

  • Will my job or lifestyle be affected?

  • What is my short-term and long-term prognosis?

 

If You Need Surgery

  • Why do I need surgery?

  • What surgical procedure are you recommending?

  • Is there more than one way of performing this surgery?

  • Are there alternatives to surgery?

  • What are the benefits of having surgery?

  • What are the risks of having surgery?

  • What if I don’t have this surgery?

  • What kind of anesthesia will I need?

  • How long will it take me to recover?

  • How long will I be in the hospital?

  • How long will I be out of work?