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Sample Questions About Diagnosis and Prognosis

Please use the PACE Guide Sheet you printed earlier to write down any questions you want to ask your doctor about diagnosis and prognosis.

Sample Questions:

  • 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?

Are there other questions or topics you want to discuss about diagnosis or prognosis that are not listed here? If so, please write them down on your PACE Guide Sheet.

You will have an opportunity later to print these and other sample questions.

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
Tips About Making Appointments
Tips About Medical Records