Shared Decision-Making

Questions to Ask Your Doctor

You may feel nervous about asking your doctor questions or plainly stating your needs and goals for your care. But when your doctor knows what is most important to you, he or she can recommend treatments more in line with your values.

You and your doctor can make decisions together about what is the right treatment to reach your goals. Decision aids can help.

Here are some questions to help get you started:

  • Is there a decision aid to help me more fully understand the potential benefits and harms of the options for screening or treatment?
  • What research is this decision aid based on? How do I know I can trust it?
  • What are the benefits and drawbacks of each choice?
  • Which option matches with what I value most about my health?
  • What other things I should consider when trying to make a decision that’s best for me and suits my life?
  • Is this particular decision aid unbiased? How was it developed? Who developed it?
  • What is informed consent?
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