What questions should I ask?

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Making All Good decisions In Collaboration

A significant illness or diagnosis is undoubtedly a difficult time for patients and their families. Some of us become frightened about the future, and feel confused and anxious. We can cope better if we have more information and know the right questions to ask.

To help start the conversation, West Leicestershire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), in collaboration with HealthWatch Leicestershire, have published special cards with the five key questions for patients to ask. The aim is that patients will be able to take more control over the choices involved in their healthcare when they have all the information they need.

They are known as the MAGIC cue cards, which stands for ‘Making All Good (decisions) In Collaboration’.

There are five questions on the MAGIC cue cards:

  1. “What is my diagnosis – could it be something else?”
  2. “What are my treatment options”
  3. “What are the pros and cons of my treatment options – do you have the facts and figures to help me decide?”
  4. “What can I do to help myself and manage my condition?”
  5. “I would like to talk about my prognosis – what can I expect and what is likely to happen in the future?”

We believe the principle of ‘no decision about me without me’ can be part of everyday healthcare. These simple MAGIC cards are a reminder to patients - and to GPs, consultants and other health professionals - that decisions about healthcare need to be made together.

Download and view the card.