March 2 kicked off National Patient Safety Awareness Week. In an effort to raise awareness and
encourage the engagement of patients, families, health care providers, and the public, emphasis is
being focused on patient safety during this year’s observance.
This year’s theme is “Navigate Your Health…Safely.” Effective communication is a cornerstone of
patient safety. Improved patient safety begins with improving communication between patients and
healthcare providers. Studies show that people who understand health instructions make fewer
mistakes when they take their medicine or prepare for a medical procedure. They may also get well
sooner or be able to better manage a chronic health condition. Providers should encourage patients
to become active members of their health care team, and promote improved health outcomes.
Check out and share the National Patient Safety Foundation informational video “Ask Me 3®”
at the link above. Ask Me 3 is a patient education program designed to improve communication
between patients and health care providers, encourage patients to become active members of their
health care team, and promote improved health outcomes. The program encourages patients to ask
their health care providers three questions:
What is my main problem?
What do I need to do?
Why is it important for me to do this?
Related NCPIE Resources: See: “Before You Leave the Doctor’s Office, If You are Given a New Prescription. Ask:”