Questions Your Doctor Should Ask You But Probably Don't

We often discuss the importance of asking your doctor questions. Inquiring with your doctor not only aids in acquiring knowledge and addressing concerns but also fosters a collaborative healthcare journey.

However, it's essential to recognize that the responsibility isn't solely on you, the patient. Doctors, too, play a pivotal role by posing questions to their patients.

These questions foster a deeper understanding of your needs, concerns, and medical history. This ultimately enhances the quality of care provided.

Seven important questions your doctor should ask

Here are seven important questions that your doctor should be asking during your appointment:

"How are you feeling today?"

This simple question opens the conversation. It also allows you access to express any immediate concerns or symptoms you may be experiencing.

"Have you experienced any new symptoms or changes in your condition since our last visit?"

Sometimes (often) you may hesitate to complain, reluctant to communicate feelings that have developed since your last doctor's visit. Or perhaps you have concerns that you forgot to discuss with them.

This question frees you up to express any concerns you have. Have you been coughing more than usual? Do you feel more short of breath than usual? It's an opportunity for you to openly communicate any changes you've noticed, ensuring that all aspects of your health are addressed during the visit.

"Is the treatment plan we worked out for you meeting your needs?"

Do you have any specific concerns about its effectiveness or any side effects you're experiencing? Understanding whether the treatment plan is working for you and addressing any specific concerns you may have is important for optimizing your care.

Your feedback helps your doctor make any necessary adjustments to ensure the plan is tailored to your individual needs and preferences.

"How often are you using your rescue medicine?"

This question is important because using your rescue medicine more often than prescribed could indicate worsening COPD. If you find yourself relying on it too frequently, your doctor may need to adjust your COPD medication regimen.

"Do you feel any anxiety or depression?

No one wants to talk about mental health. But it's crucial, especially with COPD, which can affect you physically and mentally. Many COPD patients feel worried or depressed at times. This question allows you to express any concerns you have.

Your doctor may have helpful ideas to alleviate these feelings. You shouldn't have to endure anxiety or depression alone.

"Are you facing any problems with your insurance?

Many of us struggle to afford our medications, often relying on Medicare or our insurance for assistance. However, sometimes, our insurance won't cover the medication we need. Or they may suggest switching to a similar one, like going from Symbicort to Advair.

This question opens the door for you to discuss any insurance issues you have.

"Do you have any questions for me?"

Now's your chance to ask anything that's been on your mind—things we haven't covered yet.

Strengthening patient-doctor communication

If you're anything like me, no doctor's appointment goes exactly as planned. This is why I always come prepared with my list of questions.

I'd appreciate it if my doctor could initiate the questions instead. It usually doesn't happen. But, if they did, I'd find these questions most helpful and reassuring.

How about you? Are there any questions you wish your doctor would ask? Feel free to share in the comments below!

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