Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Preparing for a Doctor's Appointment: AHRQ Question Builder Tool


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I talk a lot about writing a list of questions before you head to a doctor's appointment so you're prepared and don't get psyched out by the time pressure and often intimidating nature of the doctor patient relationship.


The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), part of the Department of Health & Human Services, offers a cool tool on it's website to help you develop the list of questions before your appointment.


Build Your Question List


The tool ask you what the primary purpose of your appointment is, asks you to choose from a list of standard questions related to that type of visit and generates a list for you that you can print out. The tool may not be completely thorough for your needs, but it's a great place to start your brainstorming. The site offers other helpful tips for communicating with your doctor, too.


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