Finding the right doctor is important, but being involved in the treatment plan as a patient is even more important. Sure, a doctor will prescribe the best treatment plan for you, but that will only work efficiently if you put across the right kind of questions to help you make better decisions about your recovery to health.
If you’re going for a checkup, here are some actual questions you should remember asking:
What is this test/X-ray for?
A doctor may have asked you to get a few regular tests, but it’s your duty to thoroughly ask what that particular test is for and what results to expect.
How long before it gets okay?
Most patients consult a doctor thinking that the course of treatment will take over just one visit but that is not always the case. Some conditions take a much longer time, so it is better to ask your doctor.
Will there be any side effects?
Instead of searching on the internet, your doctor is the best person to explain what to expect and what not to expect when you are prescribed certain medicines.
Can you repeat what you said?
As patients, often don’t want to ask our doctors too many questions so as not to waste their time. But you should ask your doctor any doubts you have so that you know everything that there is to know about your illness.
Asking an ‘awkward’ question
If you have any queries or questions regarding your sexual health, go ahead and ask. There is nothing to be embarrassed about. Doctors are not judgmental and might just help you get rid of the problem you are facing.
So next time you visit a doctor, it is important you clear the doubts you have about your condition because asking questions is one of the best ways to ensure you and your doctor are on the same page. And if your doctor doesn’t seem interested in answering, or you get a negative response, you may need to find a new doctor!