Ask Questions

Asking questions will help you:

  • Understand what is happening and feel more confident
  • Prevent mistakes and reduce confusion
  • Know what to do to get well and stay healthy
  • Get the safest care

Tips for Asking Questions

  • Think about your questions before your appointments and write them down so you don’t forget something important during the appointment.
  • Take notes during your appointments and write down the answers to your questions.
  • Tell your doctor or nurse if you dont understand something and ask them to explain.
  • If you receive printed information or instructions that are confusing, ask your healthcare provider to explain them.
  • Take a buddy with you to help you remember important instructions and information.

How to Talk to a Doctor – and Safeguard Your Health

Helpful article from the February 2012 edition of Be Well E-newsletter, a publication of Cleveland Clinic.

Questions to Ask

Here are some sample questions to ask your doctor and healthcare team: