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These questions will certainly stimulate clinicians to share their thinking with you and provide education and engage in productive dialogue.

Key Questions for your Physician:

  1. What is my main problem?
  2. What do I need to do?
  3. Why is it important for me to do this?
  4. Can I share my thoughts and concerns about this treatment plan?

Your medical staff may ask you - please think about your response.

  • What ideas do you have about what is contributing to your problem?
  • What ideas do you have about treatment or things you can do to manage your condition?
  • How important do you think it is to mange or treat your condition?
  • What is most important for you to accomplish during your visit today?
  • What would you like to know about your condition?
  • What concerns you the most about your condition?
  • What specifically would you like to work on to manage your condition?
  • What would help you to manage your condition?
  • How confident are you that you could do the planned treatment?
  • What might get in the way or keep you from being successful?

Source: The Partnership for Clear Communication’s Ask Me 3 materials and tools are quite useful and provide patients with some very useful cues for engaging in a productive dialogue with patients. The Ask Me 3 questions and other resources from the Partnership for Clear Communication are available on the NHP website www.newhealthpartnerships.org

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