The Patient’s Toolkit for Diagnosis is created for people who are not feeling well or visiting their doctor or nurse with a health concern. As patients, we have found that taking an active role in our care can help our doctors and nurses ﬁgure out a good “working” diagnosis. Not all diagnoses are correct, which is why we say “working” diagnosis. A diagnosis may be certain or uncertain. Making a diagnosis can be easy or diﬃcult.
The Toolkit has a set of prompts and questions to help you participate and partner with your medical care team – doctors, nurses, and other health care professionals and support staﬀ. Fill out the ﬁrst three pages of this Toolkit before you go to a medical appointment. Finish ﬁlling it out during the appointment or soon afterwards.
You can bring the Toolkit with you to your appointment and refer to it. You can also copy it after ﬁlling it out, and give it to your doctor or nurse.