Asking questions is key to good communication with a healthcare provider. Be proactive and ask your provider to define words or instructions that may be unclear.
You can also ask about:
- Medical tests - Before having a medical test, ask your provider to explain why it is important, what it will show, and what it will cost. Also ask how long it takes to get results and how you’ll be notified.
- A diagnosis - A diagnosis identifies your disease or physical problem based on your symptoms and the results of exams and other tests. Ask the provider to tell you the name of the condition and why he or she thinks you have it. Ask how it may affect you and how long it might last.
- Your medications - Make sure you know the name of the drug and understand why it has been prescribed for you. Ask the provider to write down how often and for how long you should take it. Make notes about any other special instructions. In form your provider if you are taking other medications, herbs, or supplements, so he or she can prevent harmful drug interactions.
Learn more about things to ask your provider during an appointment.
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