Question Builder is a free web-based tool to help you prepare for a visit to the doctor. The tool enables you to build a list of questions that you would like to ask your doctor, and consider questions your doctor might ask you. Question Builder guides you through a series of steps, from selecting which type of appointment you are preparing for, to developing the questions that you would like to ask and helping you to prioritise the most important questions to ask first. These questions can then be printed or emailed to a phone/device for use during the appointment.
Question Builder is designed to be used with general practitioners and specialists in Australia. It encourages you to ask questions that matter most to you, participate in the appointment and share decisions with your doctor about your own health care.
Whether you are seeing a doctor for a new condition, having a check-up, talking about a recurring health condition, or discussing medication, a test or surgery, Question Builder can help you to get the most out of your appointment with your doctor.
The Commission has developed Question Builder in partnership with Healthdirect Australia. It is available via the healthdirect website.
Question Builder is a tool originally developed by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) in the United States: Questions To Ask Your Doctor: Questions Are The Answer, September 2012. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD.https://www.ahrq.gov/patients-consumers/patient-involvement/ask-your-doctor/index.html.
The Commission and Healthdirect Australia have worked together to adapt this Question Builder for the Australian healthcare system.
We would like to acknowledge the Question Builder Advisory Group for their contributions and guidance on this project and thank the consumers and clinicians who assisted with testing the tool.