Does writing a list help cancer patients ask relevant questions?

Ray Jones, Janne Pearson, Sandra McGregor, Ann Barrett, W. Harper Gilmour, Jacqueline M. Atkinson, Alison J. Cawsey, Jim McEwen

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We examined the use of written lists to give patients an opportunity to have their questions answered. Patients undergoing radical radiotherapy for cancer were given a sheet of paper with the simple prompt to write questions and give to the hospital doctor at their appointment 3 weeks later. At 3 months, patients were asked about their use and opinions of the written list. About half of the 478 patients attended with a written list. Fewer patients living in deprived areas used the list compared to more affluent areas. Doctors thought that 34% of patients would not otherwise have asked those questions and 91% of prompted discussions were a worthwhile use of time. © 2002 Elsevier Science Ireland Ltd. All rights reserved.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)369-371
Number of pages3
JournalPatient Education and Counseling
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2002


  • Cancer
  • Patient's questions
  • Written list

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    Jones, R., Pearson, J., McGregor, S., Barrett, A., Harper Gilmour, W., Atkinson, J. M., Cawsey, A. J., & McEwen, J. (2002). Does writing a list help cancer patients ask relevant questions? Patient Education and Counseling, 47(4), 369-371.