When you book an appointment to meet with your family doctor, one of the most important things to do is ask questions. Asking your doctor questions allows you to better understand the problem and help you make an informed decision on what to do next. Some people may find it difficult speaking up or are too afraid to question their doctor’s authority. Having a two way conversation where there is mutual understanding is important. It not only benefits you, but also allows your doctor to gain a better understanding of your situation to further help you. Asking questions can help clarify what needs to be done and allow you to get vital information on:
+ What tests you will need
+ What your diagnosis means
+ What your treatment options are
+ What steps need to be taken to get better
It may help to write down your questions before your appointment in case you forget and write notes during your appointment for future reference.