In a randomized trial, we tested the effectiveness of Ask-Me-3, a patient-physician communication tool. We examined whether Ask-Me-3 changed the content and duration of physician-patient office visits, and assessed the viewpoints of patients, staff, and physicians of the practicality and usability of the program.
The primary aim of this study is to assess the effectiveness of the "Ask-Me-3" program on physician/patient communication patterns during office visits
This project was conducted from April 1, 2004, through March 2005.
This project is currently closed. See below for key findings and publications.
In a patient population in which asking questions already occurs at a high rate and levels of adherence are fairly high, we found no evidence that the AM3 intervention results in patients asking specific questions or more questions in general, or in better adherence to prescription medications or lifestyle recommendations.
Access the complete manuscript:
Patient Question-asking During Primary Care Visits: A Report from the AAFP National Research Network(9 page PDF). Galliher JM, Post DM, Weiss BD, et al. Ann Fam Med. 2010;8(2):151-159.
For additional information about this study, please contact:
Brian Manning, MPH, CHES
Associate Research Director
AAFP National Research Network
This project was funded by a grant from Pfizer, Inc.
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Improving Communication During Office Visits