Talking to Your Doctor or Nurse (Ask Me 3)

Your doctor or nurse wants to answer your questions.

Are you nervous about asking your doctor or nurse questions? You shouldn’t be. It may surprise you, but your doctor or nurse wants you to talk to them and let them know when you need help or have a question about your health.

Like all of us, doctors have very busy schedules. But your doctor wants you to know:

  • all you can about your health;
  • steps to take to keep yourself healthy and manage your health; and
  • why taking care of your health is important.

To help start the conversation with your doctor or nurse, ask the following questions (Ask Me 3).

  1. What is my main problem?
  2. What do I need to do?
  3. Why is it important for me to do this?

Asking questions helps you understand how to stay well or to get better. If you ask and still don’t understand:

  • Let your doctor or nurse know that you still don’t understand what you need to do.
  • Ask you doctor or nurse to explain it to you one more time.
  • Ask your doctor to write it down for you or draw a picture.

There are some other things that you can do to help you learn to take better care of yourself.  Which ones will you try?

  • Call your doctor’s or nurse's office and make an appointment.
  • Bring a friend or family member to help with your appointment.
  • Make a list of your health concerns to tell your doctor or nurse.
  • Bring the bottles of each prescription, over-the-counter, and herbal medicine you are taking or bring a list of all your medications when you visit your doctor or nurse.

Remember, your doctor or nurse wants you to get the information you need to care for your health.


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