If you do not understand your diagnosis or something your doctor or health care provider has told you, ask them to explain it again or in another way.
Ask what you can or need to do to alleviate symptoms or make your condition better.
Ask someone to be your health advocate to take notes, ask questions and if needed, make decisions on your behalf.
If you are prescribed a medication, ensure you understand what the medicine is for, how you are supposed to take it and any possible side effects.
Make sure your doctor’s prescriptions are legible and that you know the name of the drug prescribed.
Find out why a test or treatment is needed and how it can help you. Make sure you know what is involved and what the expected outcomes are.
Find out when and how you will get the results of tests or procedures. If you do not get them when expected, call your doctor and ask for them.
If you’re being discharged from the hospital, ask your doctor to write down any treatment plans or instructions you will need at home. This information should be shared with your family doctor as well.