Communicating well with a doctor is an important part of getting good medical care. These National Institute on Aging (NIA) articles and worksheets can help patients prepare for a medical appointment, discuss sensitive topics, manage medications, choose a new doctor, and coordinate help from family caregivers.
Find information about telehealth services, including information on how to prepare for an online appointment and whether your online visit is covered by insurance.
Download, print, and copy NIA’s worksheets to help you organize your questions, medical history, and more when talking with your doctor.
Use these 5 steps to find a new doctor you can trust. These tips can help you find the best primary care physician for your needs and values.
Looking for a new doctor? As you search, keep this list of questions handy. It covers clinical qualifications, practical issues, and office policies.
Plan what you’d like to discuss with the doctor before your visit. Make a list of concerns and medications. Request an interpreter if you need one.
Get tips on how to make the most of your time at your doctor’s appointment. Decide what’s most important, be honest, and set priorities for best results.
Learn how to describe your symptoms, medications, daily habits, and other concerns to your doctor so you get the best possible care.
Don’t wait for the doctor to raise a topic you’re worried about. Ask questions about tests, diagnoses, and prescriptions to proactively manage your health.
Work with your doctor to make important decisions about your health. Learn how to get a second opinion if you need one. Read questions to ask your surgeon.
How do I talk about embarrassing topics with my doctor? These tips can help you bring up memory loss, falls, driving, sexuality, incontinence, and more.