A doctor may refer you to a specialist if a condition requires further evaluation. When visiting a specialist, it is important to ask questions if areas are left unclear. If the specialist gives a diagnosis that you are unfamiliar with, ask the doctor to explain it and how it will affect the body.

Questions to ask the specialist:

  • What is my diagnosis?
  • What treatment do I need?
  • Can you discuss the condition with my primary doctor?
  • When do I need to begin treatment?
  • What are the necessary steps I should take?
  • Do I need any more referrals?
  • How will this affect my day to day life?


Source: National Institute on Aging