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Communicate with Health Care Providers
Every time you talk with a doctor, nurse, or pharmacist, use the Ask Me 3 questions to better understand your health.
The Ask Me 3 questions are designed to help you take better care of your health.
Tips for clear health communication
Here are a few tips you can try:
Your doctor, nurse, and pharmacist want you to get the information you need to care for your health. To remind yourself what you need to do and the questions you can ask at your next medical visit, view or print this worksheet (1-page PDF).
When to ask questions
Who needs to ask?
What if I ask and still don't understand?
Who wants an answer?
Are you nervous to ask your doctor, nurse, or pharmacist questions? Don't be. You may be surprised to learn that your medical team wants you to let them know that you need help.
Like all of us, doctors have busy schedules. Yet your doctor wants you to know:
The Partnership for Clear Health Communication at the National Patient Safety Foundation as the source for this information. Ask Me 3 is an educational program provided by
the Partnership for Clear Health Communication
at the National Patient Safety Foundation—a
coalition of national organizations that are working
together to promote awareness and solutions around
the issue of low health literacy and its effect on safe care and health outcomes.
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