Patients should ask about medical test results

June 22, 2009 3:55:45 PM PDT
Patients should ask their doctors how they plan to tell them about the results of medical tests, experts say, and never assume "no news is good news." Here are questions patients can ask at the doctor's office:

--Does this office send all test results to the doctor who's responsible for my care?

--Will my doctor see and sign off on all my test results?

--Will someone inform me of all my results, both normal and abnormal?

--Will it be documented in my chart that I've been informed?

--Is it OK for me to call after a certain time if I don't hear anything about my test results?

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