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Questions for your Doctor

Below is a list of questions and suggestions to enhance your healthcare provider selection and communication.  Pick and choose.

Practitioner:

  • How much experience have you had treating patients with ITP?
  • How many ITP patients have you treated? How are they doing?
  • Are you affiliated with any research group or hospital that specializes in non-malignant hematology?
  • What is your treatment philosophy?  Do you generally treat diseases aggressively or do you have a more conservative treatment approach?
  • Do you welcome a patient who researches the disease and treatments?
  • Do you welcome patient input on their care?
  • What is your feeling about complementary or alternative treatments?

Treatments:

  • What are your usual treatment recommendations for ITP?
  • What course of treatment do you suggest and why?
  • How long will I need this treatment?
  • How will the treatment be administered?
  • What are the criteria for discontinuing the treatment?
  • Is this treatment designed to raise my platelet count temporarily or permanently?
  • What will you recommend next if the treatment fails?
  • What are the side effects of the treatment?
  • For which side effects should I contact you?
  • Are there any precautions that can be taken to minimize the side effects?
  • Will I develop other medical problems from this treatment?
  • How will you monitor the treatment progress?
  • What changes should I make to my life as a result of ITP or the treatment?

Communication:

The Agency for Healthcare Quality and Research, a division of the Department of Health and Human Services, published suggestions to help make the most of your trips to the doctor.  See: "Quick Tips - When Talking with Your Doctor."