Our objectives

Photo of doctor and patient talking.In 2006 we were asked by the Scottish Government to look into the possibility of developing a set of questions that could be used by patients during any consultation and for any condition. It was hoped that this could provide a stepping stone to better information for patients about their illness or treatment, or other aspects of their care.

Aim: to develop a set of core questions that could be used by patients in the NHS in Scotland, and to determine the most effective way of making these available.

To meet this aim, we firstly needed to establish:

  • views on the general principle of a set of generic questions for patients,
  • whether a set of core questions could be developed, which could be used by patients during any consultation and for any health condition, and
  • whether these core questions would allow patients to find out more specific information about a particular condition.

To do this we felt that the best approach would be to complete a consultation exercise with health professionals and our target audience.


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