Three questions that patients can ask to improve the quality of information physicians give about treatment options: A cross-over trial

Three questions that patients can ask to improve the quality of information physicians give about treatment options: A cross-over trial

Author: Shepherd HL, et al., Patient Education and Counselling

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This research found that when patients asked three specific questions, it improved the information given by their doctor and increased the doctor facilitating them to be involved in decision making.

The three questions about the information provided by physicians about treatment options were:

  1. What are my options?
  2. What are the benefits and harms?
  3. How likely are these?

The study was conducted in family practices in Sydney, Australia, during 2008–09.

The authors concluded that asking these three questions improved information given by family physicians and increased physician facilitation of patient involvement. They also concluded that these questions can drive evidence-based practice, strengthen patient–physician communication and improve safety and quality.

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