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A List of All Sample Questions


PACE Sample Questions

Sample Questions About Diagnosis and Prognosis

  • What is the medical condition called?
  • Why do I have this medical problem?
  • How serious is the medical condition? Can I expect complete recovery or will it remain the same or get worse?
  • Will this condition affect my normal activities? If so, how?
  • How long will I have to follow the treatment for this condition?
  • How will I know if the condition is improving or getting worse?
  • Where can I find more information about the medical condition?
  • Are there support groups for this condition? If so, where may I contact them?

Sample Questions about Tests or Procedures

If tests or procedures (e.g., an x-ray, CAT scan) are ordered, you may want to ask questions like these

  • What is the purpose of the test/procedure? What will it tell us?
  • Are there any risks in doing the test/procedure?
  • What does the test/procedure involve? For example:
    • Will it be painful?
    • How long does it take?
    • Will I be awake or asleep?
    • Do I need to bring someone with me?
    • Does it matter what I eat or drink?
    • Do I need to stop taking medications?
    • Who does the test/procedure?
    • How is it done, what steps are involved?
    • Where is it done?
    • Who schedules the test/procedure?
    • Is it covered by my insurance?

Sample Questions About Medications

  • What is the name of the medication?
  • Why am I taking it? What does it do?
  • Does it have any side effects?
  • Will it interact with other medicines, vitamins or herbs I am taking?
  • How will I recognize negative reactions or effects? What should I do if I experience any of these?
  • Are there other choices? Is there a generic?
  • Do you have samples that I can try? (Really, it's OK to ask this!)
  • Are there ways to treat my condition without medication?
  • What will happen if I don't take the medicine?
  • How much better will I feel after taking the medicine?
  • How long until I feel better taking this medicine?
  • How should I take it? How often should I take it?
  • How long will I need to take it?
  • What should I do if I miss a dose?

Sample Questions About Other Treatments

  • Why should I do it? What will it do?
  • How should I do it?
  • How often shall I do it?
  • How long will I need to do it?
  • What are the advantages and disadvantages of doing it?
  • When will I see results?
  • How will I recognize negative reactions or effects?
  • Are there risks?
  • What will happen if I don't do it?
  • Are there other choices?

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Table of Contents

Presenting Detailed Information
Guidelines for Reporting New or Changed Symptoms
Tips About Medications
Medication Record Form
Stating What You Expect
Asking Questions
Sample Questions About Diagnosis and Prognosis
Sample Questions About Tests or Procedures
Sample Questions About Medications
Sample Questions About Other Treatments
A List of All Sample Questions
Checking Your Understanding of Information
Expressing Concerns
Summary
Tips About Making Appointments
Tips About Medical Records