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Health skills checklist

Knowing how to take care of yourself can feel great. Want to tackle new health skills? Click in the right box and then hit “Finished.” You’ll wind up with a list of areas to work on. Return to this page to see how far you’ve come.

Understand my health condition
Understand my diagnosis and prognosis
(what condition I have and what will happen)
Ask my doctors, nurses, and therapists my own questions
Make doctor's appointments
Meet alone with doctors, nurses, and other caregivers
Answer questions from doctors, nurses, and therapists
Know my medications and what they do
Get a prescription filled
Keep a calendar of doctor and dentist appointments
Know height, weight, and birth date
Take my temperature and read the thermometer
Know danger signs that relate to my illness or disability
Know health emergency telephone numbers
Know medical insurance coverage numbers
Talk about the health tasks I can do
Talk about dangers of drugs and alcohol with family
Take care of own menstrual needs and keep a record of monthly periods
Keep medical records on appointments, test results, and things the doctor tells me to do
Know how to care for my medical equipment or assistive devices
Get sex education, birth control, and family planning information as needed


Content last reviewed February 16, 2011
Page last updated October 31, 2013