Illinois Cognitive Resources Network

Connecting to resources throughout your dementia journey

Subscribe to ICRN E-News blasts

Questions to Ask Your Doctor at Your Next Check-up

Asking questions is key to good communication with your doctor and can help you better understand what he or she recommends. During a check-up, ask questions if you don’t know the meaning of a word or to clarify your doctor’s instructions. You may also want to ask questions about any recommended procedures, medications, or diagnoses. For example, if your doctor asks to do a blood test, x-ray, or other procedure, consider asking these questions to help you make an informed decision:

  • Why is the test being done?
  • What steps does the test involve?
  • How should I get ready?
  • Are there any dangers or side effects?
  • How will I find out the results?
  • How long will it take to get the results?
  • What will we know after the test?

Find more questions to ask your doctor during a check-up on NIA’s website. The booklet Talking With Your Doctor: A Guide for Older People is also available to download, print, or order.

Last Updated on January 27, 2021

Published by Chrishun Brown

Communications Manager for the Rush Alzheimer's Disease Center

Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.