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Questions to Ask Your Doctor


The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) wants you to know that asking questions of your doctor and providing information helps you get better care. According to the AHRQ’s website“Asking questions and providing information to your doctor and other care providers can improve your care. Talking with your doctor builds trust and leads to better results, quality, safety, and satisfaction. Quality health care is a team effort. You play an important role. One of the best ways to communicate with your doctor and health care team is by asking questions.”

Check out these links from the AHRQ for specific suggestions of what to ask your doctor:

The 10 questions you should know

Questions to ask before your appointment

Questions to ask during your appointment

Questions to ask after your appointment

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