Mary Calvagna, MS
Finding out you have a medical condition can be scary. Part of what is frightening are all the unkowns—there may be many things that you do not know or do not understand. But, by asking your doctor questions, you can gain a better understanding of what to expect.
Being prepared before you get to the doctor's office will help ensure that your questions get answered. Here are some general tips to get you ready:
Here are some sample questions to get you started:
Depending on your condition, there may be many other questions that you will want to and need to ask. Do not be afraid to speak up, ask questions, and insist on answers—even when the answer is "We do not know." Remember, your doctor is your partner in healthcare and you both have the same goal, returning you to optimum health.
National Institute on Aging
Canadian Family Physician
Canadian Institute for Health Information
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http://www.nia.nih.gov. Accessed July 15, 2008.
The National Women's Health Information Center website. Available at:
http://www.womenshealth.gov/. Accessed July 15, 2008.
Please be aware that this information is provided to supplement the care provided by your physician. It is neither intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. CALL YOUR HEALTHCARE PROVIDER IMMEDIATELY IF YOU THINK YOU MAY HAVE A MEDICAL EMERGENCY. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to starting any new treatment or with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.
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