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Lung Cancer Screening: Questions for the doctor

Lung cancer is the leading cause of death from cancer in the United States. Ask the doctor about screening for lung cancer if you have a history of heavy smoking and you smoke now or have quit within the past 15 years.

Review Date: May 05, 2014

National Health Information Center - NHIC
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Choosing a Doctor: Quick Tips

When you choose a doctor for yourself or a loved one, make sure to choose a primary care doctor you can trust.

Review Date: February 18, 2013

National Health Information Center - NHIC
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Colorectal Cancer Screening: Questions for the Doctor

These questions can help you start a conversation with your doctor about getting screened for colorectal cancer.

Review Date: November 05, 2012

National Health Information Center - NHIC
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Genetic Testing for Breast and Ovarian Cancer: Questions for the Doctor

If you have a family history of breast or ovarian cancer, use this list of questions to ask your doctor about genetic testing.

Review Date: February 13, 2013

National Health Information Center - NHIC
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Gestational Diabetes Screening: Questions for the Doctor

Use these questions to start a conversation with your doctor or midwife about screening for gestational diabetes.

Review Date: December 21, 2012

National Health Information Center - NHIC
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

HIV Testing: Questions for the Doctor

These questions can help you start a conversation with your doctor about getting tested for HIV.

Review Date: March 27, 2012

National Health Information Center - NHIC
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

HPV Vaccine: Questions for Your Child's Doctor

Start a conversation with your child’s doctor about the HPV vaccine.

Review Date: January 31, 2013

National Health Information Center - NHIC
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Losing Weight: Questions for the Doctor

These questions can help you start a conversation with your doctor about a healthy weight loss plan.

Review Date: April 18, 2012

National Health Information Center - NHIC
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Mammograms: Questions for the Doctor

These questions can help you start a conversation with your doctor about when to get mammograms and how often to get them.

Review Date: March 28, 2012

National Health Information Center - NHIC
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Preventing Diabetes: Questions for the Doctor

These questions can help you start a conversation with your doctor about ways to prevent type 2 diabetes.

Review Date: April 18, 2012

National Health Information Center - NHIC
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Preventing Osteoporosis: Questions for the Doctor

These questions can help you start a conversation with your doctor about ways to prevent weak bones.

Review Date: April 18, 2012

National Health Information Center - NHIC
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Prostate Cancer Screening: Questions for the Doctor

These questions can help you start a conversation with your doctor about getting screened for prostate cancer.

Review Date: March 28, 2012

National Health Information Center - NHIC
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Take Charge of Your Health Care

Speak up and ask questions. You can improve your care and the care of your family by taking an active role in your health care.

Review Date: January 16, 2013

National Health Information Center - NHIC
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Bright Futures Parent Supplemental Questionnaire: 1 Month Visit- (PDF)

The doctor or nurse may ask you these questions at your baby's 1 month visit to make sure that you and your baby are well.

Review Date: October 30, 2012

American Academy of Pediatrics

Bright Futures Parent Supplemental Questionnaire: 2 Month Visit- (PDF)

The doctor or nurse may ask you these questions at your baby's 2 month visit to make sure that you and your baby are well.

Review Date: May 14, 2012

American Academy of Pediatrics

Bright Futures Parent Supplemental Questionnaire: 4 Month Visit- (PDF)

The doctor or nurse may ask you these questions at your baby's 4 month visit to make sure that you and your baby are well.

Review Date: October 30, 2012

American Academy of Pediatrics

Bright Futures Parent Supplemental Questionnaire: 6 Month Visit - (PDF)

The doctor or nurse may ask you these questions at your baby's 6 month visit to make sure that you and your baby are well.

Review Date: October 30, 2012

American Academy of Pediatrics

Bright Futures Parent Supplemental Questionnaire: 9 Month Visit- (PDF)

These questions will guide you in discussions with the pediatrician to make sure that you and your baby are well.

Review Date: May 14, 2012

American Academy of Pediatrics

Bright Futures Parent Supplemental Questionnaire: 12 Month Visit- (PDF)

These questions will guide you in discussions with the pediatrician about your child's safety, discipline, meal and bedtime routines, and more.

Review Date: October 30, 2012

American Academy of Pediatrics

Bright Futures Parent Supplemental Questionnaire: 15 Month Visit- (PDF)

These questions will guide you in discussions with the pediatrician about your child's safety, sleep routines and social development.

Review Date: May 14, 2012

American Academy of Pediatrics

Bright Futures Parent Supplemental Questionnaire: 18 Month Visit- (PDF)

These questions will guide you in discussions with the pediatrician about your child's behavior, safety, toilet training progress, and language development.

Review Date: October 30, 2012

American Academy of Pediatrics

Bright Futures Parent Supplemental Questionnaire: 2 Year Visit- (PDF)

These questions will guide you in discussions with the pediatrician about your child's temperament and behavior, safety, toilet training progress, and language development.

Review Date: October 30, 2012

American Academy of Pediatrics

Bright Futures Parent Supplemental Questionnaire: 2 and 1/2 Year Visit- (PDF)

These questions will guide you in discussions with the pediatrician about your child's daily routines, communication skills, and social behavior.

Review Date: May 14, 2012

American Academy of Pediatrics

Bright Futures Parent Supplemental Questionnaire: 4 Year Visit- (PDF)

These questions will guide you in discussions with the pediatrician about your child's health habits and readiness to attend school.

Review Date: May 18, 2012

American Academy of Pediatrics

Bright Futures Parent Supplemental Questionnaire: 5 and 6 Year Visits- (PDF)

These questions will guide you in discussions with your child's pediatrician about your child's safety, physical activity, nutrition, behavior and readiness to attend school.

Review Date: October 30, 2012

American Academy of Pediatrics

Bright Futures Parent Supplemental Questionnaire: 7 and 8 Year Visits- (PDF)

These questions will guide you in discussions with your child's pediatrician about your child's school progress, behavior, physical activity, nutrition, and oral health.

Review Date: May 18, 2012

American Academy of Pediatrics

NIHSeniorHealth Videos: Talking to Your Doctor

Medical appointments are getting shorter and shorter these days. To help you make the most of the time you spend with your doctor, these short videos emphasize the importance of bringing a list of questions and concerns to discuss during your medical visits.

Review Date: January 11, 2012

National Institutes of Health - NIH
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Bright Futures Parent Supplemental Questionnaire: 9 and 10 Year Visits- (PDF)

These questions will guide you in discussions with the pediatrician about your child's development, physical health and psychological well-being.

Review Date: October 30, 2012

American Academy of Pediatrics

How to Talk to Your Doctor or Nurse- (PDF)

Waiting in your doctor's office can make you feel nervous, impatient, or even scared. Knowing how to talk to your doctor, nurse, or other members of your health care team will help you get the information you need.

Review Date: December 29, 2011

Office on Women's Health

Questions To Ask Your Doctor If You Have High Blood Pressure

Print out this list of questions to ask your doctor if you are being treated for high blood pressure.

Review Date: January 05, 2012

NIH National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute - NHLBI

Talking With Your Clinician

Asking questions and providing information to your doctor and other care providers can improve your care. Because time is limited during medical appointments, you will feel less rushed if you prepare your questions before your appointment.

Review Date: January 11, 2012

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality

Talking With Your Doctor: A Guide for Older People

This booklet contains many ideas and tips for good communication with your doctor. The illustrations and conversational tone help to explain how to prepare for a medical appointment, discuss sensitive topics, and coordinate help from family and friends.

Review Date: January 05, 2012

NIH National Institute on Aging Information Center

Bright Futures Parent Supplemental Questionnaire: Older Child/Early Adolescent Visit- (PDF)

These questions will guide you in discussions with the pediatrician about your child's physical growth and development, social skills, school performance ,behavior toward peers, and emotional well-being.

Review Date: October 30, 2012

American Academy of Pediatrics

Bright Futures Previsit Questionnaire: 15 to 17 Year Visits- (PDF)

These questions will guide you in conversations with your doctor about your home and school life, as well as your physical, emotional and sexual health.

Review Date: March 12, 2012

American Academy of Pediatrics

Ask Me 3: Tips for Clear Health Communication- (PDF)

Every time you talk with a doctor, nurse, or pharmacist, use the Ask Me 3 questions to better understand your health. Review this helpful checklist before you visit your doctor.

Review Date: September 15, 2010

Partnership for Clear Health Communication

Be Prepared for Medical Appointments: Build Your Question List- (PDF)

Here is a list of questions that you should ask your doctor to help you understand your condition and evaluate treatment options.

Review Date: February 04, 2013

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality

Checklist for Getting the Right Diagnosis

Print this checklist to guide you in taking an active role in working with your doctor or nurse when you are ill.

Review Date: February 03, 2011

National Patient Safety Foundation

Deaf or Hard-of-Hearing: Tips for Working With Your Doctor

Tips on how to improve communication at the doctor's office if you are deaf or hard-of-hearing.

Review Date: November 09, 2012

American Academy of Family Physicians

During Your Appointment: Communicating with Your Doctor

During your appointment, make sure to ask the questions you prepared before your appointment. Start by asking the ones that are most important to you. Find more helpful tips here on how to make the most of your medical visits.

Review Date: February 07, 2012

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality

Five Steps to Safer Health Care

This fact sheet tells what you can do to get safer health care.

Review Date: March 11, 2013

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality

For Kids: Going to the Doctor

Going to the doctor can be a scary experience for children. This fact sheet explains to children what they can expect at a regular medical checkup amd encourages them to ask questions.

Review Date: January 05, 2012

The Nemours Foundation

Improving Doctor/Caregiver Communications - A Guide for Family Caregivers- (PDF)

This guide is intended to improve communications between family caregivers and their health care providers.

Review Date: February 06, 2013

National Family Caregivers Association

Incontinence: Talking to Your Doctor

If you see changes in your bowel control, the first step is to tell your doctor. Learn how to talk plainly about the problems you are experiencing so your doctor can help.

Review Date: December 04, 2012

International Foundation for Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders

My Family Health Portrait

Talking with your health care worker about your family health history can help you stay healthy! The My Family Health Portrait is a tool you can use to enter, print, and confidentially share your family health history with family members or your health care worker.

Review Date: December 19, 2012

Office of the Surgeon General, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Question Builder: Be Prepared for Your Next Medical Appointment

Create a list of questions that you can take with you whether you are getting a checkup, talking about a problem or health condition, getting a prescription, or discussing a medical test or surgery. Whatever the reason for your visit, it is important to be prepared.

Review Date: February 13, 2012

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality

Questions are the Answer: Build Your Question List

Are you visiting your health care clinician or pharmacist? It is important to be prepared. Create a personalized list of questions that you can take with you.

Review Date: June 22, 2011

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality

Questions to Ask Your Doctor

Will you keep any information I give you confidential? Is it okay for me to see you without my parents in the room? If you are a teen, these questions can help you start conversations with your doctor or nurse about common teen health problems and concerns.

Review Date: March 12, 2012

The Nemours Foundation

Quick Tips—When Talking with Your Doctor

Here are some tips to help you and your doctor establish a good working relationship so that you can become partners in improving your health care.

Review Date: February 04, 2013

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality

Should You Seek Consultation (Second Opinion)?

There are no hard-and-fast rules to tell you when consultation (or second opinion) is needed. Ask your surgeon questions before you agree to an operation.

Review Date: July 25, 2011

American College of Surgeons

Tell Your Health Care Provider About Your Use of Complementary Health Practices

If you are using or considering some form of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM), it is a good idea to talk with your health care providers about your CAM use. Find tips to help you get the conversation started.

Review Date: March 02, 2011

NIH National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine Clearinghouse

Ten Things Gay Men Should Discuss With Their Health Care Providers

Talk to your health care provider about these ten common health concerns for gay men.

Review Date: December 21, 2012

Gay and Lesbian Medical Association

Ten Things Lesbians Should Discuss With Their Health Care Providers

Talk to your health care provider about these ten common health concerns for lesbians.

Review Date: December 21, 2012

Gay and Lesbian Medical Association

What Should I Ask My Doctor About Cancer?

It is your responsibility to ask questions and become educated about your treatment and health. This document provides examples of questions to ask your doctor about cancer.

Review Date: February 27, 2013

American Cancer Society

When You Visit Your Doctor

This page offers a series of questions on select health topics that you can print out and take with you to discuss with your doctor. These questions can help you partner with your doctor to get the best medical care.

Review Date: January 05, 2012

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