Be prepared to get the most out of your next visit with these questions to ask your doctor.

Doctor Discussion - Masterfile

If you want your family to stay in good health, learn how to prevent and manage common conditions and diseases. It all starts with asking your doctors the right questions.

Use our condition-specific Doctor Discussion Guides to have a productive conversation with your family's doctors. You’ll feel more empowered after learning about your health care options.

ADD and ADHD

ADD and ADHD are big topics of conversation these days. You likely know people who have been diagnosed, or parents whose children have been. While there is a lot of helpful information out there circulating, there's also a lot of misinformation. Cut through it all by having your doctor answer essential questions about ADD and ADHD, particularly as they can or do relate to you or your child.

Asthma in Kids

Any parent will tell you that watching a child struggle to breathe is one of the scariest moments imaginable. It’s crucial to talk about childhood asthma with your child’s pediatrician. Get started with these important questions.

Breast Health

Safeguarding your breast health starts with a breast self-exam and appropriate screening. Talk to your doctor about what steps you should be taking—and when.

Cholesterol

HDL, LDL, triglycerides…what does it all mean? Your doctor has the answers to understanding your cholesterol screening results. Ask about lowering elevated cholesterol levels and protecting your heart.

Diabetes (Type 2)

If you have prediabetes or newly diagnosed diabetes, you probably have a lot of questions about how to eat well and stay healthy. Print this list of questions, and take it to your next doctor’s visit for the answers you need.

Depression

Depression can take several forms, from seasonal affective disorder (SAD) to dysthymia to major depression. In many cases, treatment can help. Use this Q&A to have a conversation with your doctor.

Enlarged Prostate (BPH)

Many men experience the symptoms of an enlarged prostate, such as getting up at night to urinate. Here’s what you need to ask your urologist to find relief.

Heart Attack

If you or a loved one has suffered a heart attack, you may worry that a second one is around the corner. Have the doctor answer these important questions to put your mind at ease.

High Blood Pressure

You’ve received a high blood pressure reading once or twice at the doctor’s office. Does that mean that you have hypertension? At your next visit, be sure to ask your doctor these questions.

Incontinence

When you have a leaky bladder, your world revolves around getting to the nearest restroom. Getting to the source of the problem and learning how to manage it will improve your quality of life. Use this to broach this sensitive topic with your doctor.

Osteoarthritis Knee Pain

Knee arthritis slows you down and cramps your active lifestyle. Fill out the pain chart on this action plan, and talk with your doctor about treatment options.

Remember, knowledge is the first step to better health. Be sure to tap your doctor's expertise for better health.

Doctor Visit Tips: Get the Care You Need

In our fast-faced healthcare system, you need to come fully prepared for your next visit with the doctor. So read these essential tips from a medical doctor on tackling common patient pitfalls, such as:

  • Describing the what, where and when of your symptoms
  • Making sure you don't leave out crucial information from your medical history
  • Deciding when to use email (and when not to) to communicate with your doctor
  • Leaving the appointment with clear next steps

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Published: 15 Sep 2011

Last Modified: 02 Dec 2011