Can providing patients with a simple notepad enhance their ability to engage with their healthcare team and ask questions about their care?
Research has found that hospital patients who actively engage in their healthcare often have better health outcomes and leave the hospital system feeling more satisfied.
In practice, while many patients intend to engage with their doctor, nurse or other members of their healthcare team, they hesitate to ask questions or speak up due to perceived constraints around clinicians’ time and fears of hierarchy.
Patients may also forget questions they want to ask or perceive that it is unacceptable to ask.
The aim of this trial was to explore the effectiveness of providing patients with a co-designed notepad to both provide an opportunity and prompt them to ask questions.