Ask Questions

Use this list of common questions to help you be involved in your care.

Questions to Ask the Nurse

Since the nurse spends a lot of time at the bedside, he or she can usually answer questions about your comfort and response to certain therapies, such as:

  • Who are the doctors on my team?
  • Which doctor is in charge?
  • Is there anything in the treatment plan for the day that may be painful or uncomfortable?
  • If so, have medications been ordered to prevent this?
  • If you are not in the room, how do I call for help?
  • How quickly should I expect someone to respond to the call?
  • Can you explain to me what the doctor said?
  • Will you explain what all the lines, tubes and equipment are and what they do?
  • What can I do to help?
  • If my family member can’t stay with me, how will you get in touch with them? What if something urgent happens?

Questions to Ask the Doctor

Here are some commonly asked questions to ask your physicians:

  • What is wrong with me? What is my primary diagnosis?
  • Can it be cured?
  • How will this condition affect my quality of life?
  • What is the treatment plan?
  • When do you usually see a response?
  • What changes will you watch for as a response to the therapy?
  • What are the risks of the therapy and/or medications?
  • What can I expect about experiencing and controlling pain?
  • Will I receive the medications that I was taking at home?