Video: It's Time To Ask Your Doctor
If you suspect that you have a health problem, it is normal that the idea of going to the doctor causes anxiety. Maybe it seems easier to ask questions to your friends, family or even strangers, right? But, the truth is that the only person qualified to diagnose what you have is your doctor. It's about your body, your health, and your right to ask questions. And for this, the most important thing is to make sure that you are asking the right person the questions.
Some examples of fundamental questions that should always be asked are:
- If you are prescribed a medication, ask about its possible side effects. Each person is different and reacts differently, so it is natural for you to ask questions about the reactions.
- If your doctor tells you that you should have an exam, ask what exactly it is for and what it consists of.
- If you are diagnosed, ask what changes you will have to make in your daily life.
- If the doctor recommends a treatment, ask if there are other options or what would happen if you decide not to carry it out.
- If your doctor recommends an operation, ask why you need it, and what are the risks and benefits for your health.
If you want to know more information, visit the website of the Agency for Research and Quality of Health Services and the Meet the questions campaign or send a text message to QUESTIONS at 80676, to receive more useful advice.
Source: Agency for Research and Quality of Health Services and Dr. Aliza
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