Questions for the Doctor

Examples of helpful questions to ask your doctor, especially on your first visit to a new doctor, include the following:

  • What condition do I have?
  • What are the potential short-term and long-term effects of my condition?
  • Is there anything I can do to prevent further problems or complications from my condition?
  • What are my treatment options? How do they work and what are their potential benefits and drawbacks? Side effects? Cost?
  • What would be the consequences of “waiting it out” and not following through with treatment?
  • Where can I find reliable information about my condition and/or its treatment?

Marilee Bomar is a Nurse Practitioner in the University of Missouri’s Department of Family and Community Medicine.

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