Cross-posted to the blog at Talking To Your Doctor.

I am always interested in asking, “What questions should you have asked before….” And with the ellipsis I am talking about any health care situation. What questions should you have asked before you picked a doctor? chose a treatment? heard about your diagnosis? filled your prescription? discussed end-of-life care with your family member?

So what should you have known? What could you have done differently in the process of making decisions, advising, treating yourself or others, or just coping?

And, to take it a step farther, now that you have thought about what you should have asked differently, will that change what you do in the future? How are you going to make that change happen?