Here is a snappy resource from Australia that can help patients (and advocates) create meaningful interactions with their healthcare providers.
The Ask | Share | Know project aims to empower patients to discover the information they need in order to make shared decisions with the health professionals they encounter. They suggest three key questions:
Asking the questions is a start, but even more important is the sharing of values and information with health care providers (HCPs). Patients have lives, values, and needs beyond their diseases, of course!
When your HCP can understand you and your needs better, they can help give you the knowledge you need to make an informed decision that goes beyond just medical facts and is tailored to your situation and goals.
Detailed follow-up questions, time to think, and opportunity to discuss with your main supports may also be needed before you make a decision. Try it out!