The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) says that Questions are the Answer (to asymmetrical information?) and this series of videos provides a humorous and helpful pathway to asking questions of your health care provider.
This one is funny:
This one is ironic:
This one is musical:
A physical therapists' patient might ask the following 10 questions:
- Why does my body part hurt?
- How do you know what's wrong with me?
- What's wrong with me?
- How long will it take?
- How much will it cost?
- How much better will I be if I do physical therapy instead of surgery?
- Should therapy hurt before it feels better?
- Is it normal to get depressed and frustrated during therapy?
- Should I expect insurance to pay for all of the therapy I need to get my old life back?
- If I don't feel better in the expected time frame - will you refer me to another therapist who may be able to help more?
10 questions every patient should ask - from AHRQ
These are the questions from the AHRQ website that every medical patient should ask - obviously rehabilitation patients should ask sufficiently different questions that they deserve their own list.
- What is the test for?
- How many times have you done this?
- When will I get the results?
- Why do I need this surgery?
- Are there any alternatives to surgery?
- What are the possible complications?
- Which hospital is best for my needs?
- How do you spell the name of that drug?
- Are there any side effects?
- Will this medicine interact with medicines that I'm already taking?