Quality health care is a team effort, and you play an important role. Talking with your doctor builds trust and leads to better results, quality, safety, and satisfaction. One of the best ways to communicate with your doctor and health care team is by asking questions.

Because time is limited during medical appointments, you will feel less rushed if you prepare your questions before your appointment. The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) has compiled multiple lists of important questions that you can ask before, during and after your doctor appointment: