What to Ask in a Doctor Visit

Don’t you hate having to call your doctor to ask yet another question about the diagnosis or how long to take the medicine? The “I Wish I had Asked that!”form will help. The form has room for your questions before the visit, a section to fill in the diagnosis with your doctor (cut down on misunderstandings), space to fill in three treatment options and questions to ask about each option.

What is missing are questions about the long-term: Will I be on this medicine for a long time? Might I build an immunity or allergy to it? What are the long-term effects of this drug. Many times, the long-term effects are not known, but you should know that going in.

The form is from Informed Medical Decisions Foundationand is called, “I Wish I had Asked that!” It’s a good resource for all.

Suzanne B. Robotti

Suzanne Robotti founded MedShadow Foundation in 2012. Learn more about Su and her mission.

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