Just visiting a doctor and taking medicines is not enough, one should ask questions and provide information to the doctor, if you want to improve your health. If you communicate well with the doctor, it will build trust and lead to better results, safety, quality and satisfaction. Let us throw some light on few questions to ask your doctor during a check-up.
Learn about Medical Tests
Before someone goes in for any kind of medical tests, it’s their right to know what the test being performed is for. If the test is not required, one can avoid it. But some tests such as Pap tests, mammograms, glaucoma tests, or screenings for cancer, should be done regularly to avoid any hidden problems.
Questions to ask about Medical Tests
- Why do I need this test? – it is always a good idea to ask the doctor to explain why the test is needed and what information the test provides.
- How is the test performed? – One should have an advanced knowledge of the test procedure and duration.
- How soon the results of the test be available?
- Are there any dangers or side effects to the test? This is important so that one knows whether they should go in for the test.
- The procedure after the test Is also crucial.
Discuss your diagnosis and what to expect
If you are aware of your medical condition, you can make better decisions about treatment. If you know the reason behind a diagnosis, it can help you to understand what’s going on in terms of your health. It can also help prevent a misdiagnosis, which are quite common these days.
Questions to Ask About Your Diagnosis
- What could have caused this condition? Will it be permanent or temporary?
- How will it be treated and will it have any long-term effects on life? Some conditions do not affect the usual lifestyle while others may require more of an adjustment.
Should I Be Taking This Medication?
One should ask their doctor to review the medications taken, including herbal supplements and over-the-counter medications. Your doctor should ensure they’re still recommended for you. The doctor can only confirm whether the medications are interacting or not with each other or with food you eat.