Questions to ask your healthcare provider
Visiting your healthcare provider can be very overwhelming and sometimes you may be told things that may be difficult to understand or that you may not want to hear. To help you make the most of your appointment time, we will give you some suggestions to prepare for your appointment and also some questions that you might want to ask.
Preparing for your appointment
- Take someone with you who as witnessed your seizures, if you can. They may be able to provide valuable information to the healthcare provider along with being support for you
- If you can’t take a witness with you, ask permission for the physician or a resident to contact someone who has witnessed your seizures, or try to take a written description of what happens when you have a seizure.
- Keep a log of your seizures on your phone or in a notebook and take it with you to the appointment. Be as descriptive as possible.
- If you have a video of you having a seizure, review it and bring it to show your healthcare provider.
- Organize your thoughts before you go to the appointment. We’ve made a list of some questions you might want to ask, but you may have others. If you need to, make some brief notes to remind yourself!
- If there is not enough time to have all of your questions answered, ask if you can call your care provider afterwards to ask anything that you didn’t get to talk about during your appointment.
In the brochure, you will find questions you can ask your healthcare provider that we feel are important for you to know. Although the brochure is written for the use of the person living with epilepsy, parents/guardians or caregivers can use this as a resource as well.
Print the brochure and take it with you to your appointment or you can email us with your address and we can send you a physical copy firstname.lastname@example.org.