Questions to Ask the Doctor

We recognize that your child’s hospital stay may feel overwhelming and frightening. Asking questions and being informed about your child’s care can make the hospital experience more manageable. Mott staff welcomes you to be a partner in your child’s care. You are encouraged to speak up about any and all concerns.

Ask your child’s doctors and nurses any questions about your child’s medical condition, treatment and hospital experience. You may want to take notes and write down questions as you think of them. The following are a few common questions that Mott families ask:

  • What are the names of the doctors who are responsible for my child's care?
  • Who is in charge of my child’s medical care? Learn about the Health Care team
  • What is the diagnosis, or diagnoses, that are being considered?
  • What are the recommended tests and treatments?
  • Of what benefit is it to have this test or treatment?
  • Why do you feel that the proposed treatment is the best choice?
  • What are the side effects or possible complications of any tests or therapies that are being recommended for my child?
  • Who can I talk to if I am worried about some aspect of hospital care?
  • When will I be able to take my child home?
  • Who is going to communicate with our child's physician?
  • What are the names and doses of medications that my child will be taking?
  • What special things will I need to do after discharge?
  • Why should I consider having my child participate in a research study?