Do You Know the Right Questions to Ask?

Get More Involved With Your Health Care

Improving health care quality is a team effort. You can improve your care and the care of your loved ones by taking an active role in your health care.

Ask questions. Understand your condition. Evaluate your options.

  1. What is the test for?
  2. How many times have you done this procedure?
  3. When will I get the results?
  4. Why do I need this treament?
  5. Are there any alternatives?
  6. What are the possible complications?
  7. Which hospital is best for my needs?
  8. How do you spell the name of that drug?
  9. Are there any side effects?
  10. Will this medicine interact with medicines that I'm already taking?

For more questions:

http://www.ahrq.gov/questionsaretheanswer/
1-800-931-AHRQ (2477)

AHRQ Publication No. 09(10)-M026-C (Card)

Page last reviewed October 2014
Page originally created March 2010
Internet Citation: Do You Know the Right Questions to Ask?. Content last reviewed October 2014. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD. http://www.ahrq.gov/patients-consumers/patient-involvement/ask-your-doctor/tips-and-tools/qataposter.html