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Questions you could ask

Here are some examples of questions you could ask your GP during an appointment to talk about your treatments and care.

Lifestyle and support

  • These are the things that really bother me about my health and treatments. Can we discuss them please and think about what we might do about them?

  • I don't feel I'm making progress with my health problems. Is there anything else that might help? Or do I need to see a different specialist service?

  • What can I do to stay as independent as possible?

  • Where can I get reliable information about help and support?

  • How can I involve my family in discussions about my care?


  • Do I really have to take all these tablets? Can we look at whether I could stop taking any of them?

  • I'm not sure what some of my medicines do? Can we talk about what they're for and agree whether I need to carry on with them?

  • Can you tell me about preventive medicines? What are they? Am I taking any? If so, are they likely to be helping me? Are there any I could stop? Are there any I should think about starting?

  • Are there any other medicines that might help with my problems?

Decisions about treatments

  • What information do you have to help me make decisions about treatments?

  • Can you explain benefits and risks to me, please? What might they mean for me?

  • Can I stop any treatments if I want to?

  • Can I try changing medicines and change back again if I want to?

  • I'm having some symptoms which I had not expected. For example, I have pain in my joints/muscle cramps/dry eyes/loss of appetite/loss of interest in sex/problems sleeping [or another problem not mentioned here]. Could these be anything to do with my treatments? What can we do about this?

  • I know I need some of my medicines to keep me alive. But I feel so tired all the time and I'm sleeping so much in the day. If I cut back on some of my treatments, would this improve how I feel and by how much? Would it shorten my life and if so, by how much?

Healthcare appointments

  • I'm finding it really difficult to get to all my healthcare appointments. Are there other options such as a 'phone appointment or a Skype call?

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