Are we ready to answer our patients questions?
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?