Patients: How to Be Informed & Assertive

When going to the doctor, many patients feel anxious and often leave their appointment with unanswered questions. As a patient, you need to know what your health issues are, what your choices for treatment are, and why you might choose one option over another. It is very important to ask direct questions to your doctor to help you decide what decisions are best for you. Remember that your relationship with your doctor should be a partnership, where you work as a team to make the most appropriate decisions for your health.This handout provides strategies to help prepare you for your doctor’s appointment, so that you can obtain the information that you need, and so that you can take control of your health care.