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Questions to ask my doctor or nurse

There are hundreds of Patient-Centered Medical Homes (PCMH) in Ohio. Many more primary care offices and clinics are working to become a PCMH. Here are some questions that you can ask your doctor or nurse to help receive the best care possible:

  • Are you a Patient-Centered Medical Home?
    • If yes:  How will my care here be different from care in a medical office that is not a PCMH?
    • If no:  Do you plan to become a PCMH? 
       
  • Do you do any of these things?
    • Work as a team with the specialists that I see?
    • Make sure that I know all my treatment options and am the one that is in control of my health care?
    • Make it possible for me to communicate with you by e-mail?
    • Share my test results with me?
    • Help me create my health goals and understand what I need to do to meet them?
    • Provide screenings for things that may be wrong, such as depression, alcohol use, or drug use?
    • Send me reminders when I should schedule an appointment for yearly or other routine visits?

 

  • Can you provide resources for things I need to stay healthy, but can’t afford?  For example, free or low-cost ways to exercise or stop smoking?

 

  • Can I get an appointment within 24 hours for urgent health needs?

 

  • Can I reach someone in the office by phone at night or on weekends?

 

  • If I have a chronic condition (e.g., diabetes), is there a system for tracking how I am doing?

 

  • Does the office team include non-physician staff members, such as nutritionists or nurse practitioners, to help me manage my medicines and chronic conditions?

 

Click here to print a copy of these questions:  Questions to ask my doctor or nurse 7 2015

 

Choosing Wisely has a fact sheet titled "5 Questions to Ask Your Doctor Before You Get Any Test, Treatment, or Procedure."  Click here to view the fact sheet with questions.

 

The National Patient Safety Foundation's Ask Me 3® is an educational program that encourages patients and families to ask three specific questions of their doctor or nurse to better understand what they need to do to be healthy.  Ask these three questions when you talk to your doctor or nurse:

  1. What is my main problem?
  2. What do I need to do?
  3. Why is it important for me to do this?

   

Updated 5/5/2017