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September 8, 1999

Agenda Setting in the Patient-Physician Relationship

Author Affiliations

Margaret AWinkerMD, Deputy EditorIndividualAuthorPhil B.FontanarosaMD, Interim CoeditorIndividualAuthor

JAMA. 1999;282(10):942-943. doi:10-1001/pubs.JAMA-ISSN-0098-7484-282-10-jbk0908

To the Editor: In their article on soliciting the patient's agenda, Dr Marvel and colleagues1 revisit the research of Beckman and Frankel2 and urge adoption of the term "redirection" over "interruption." Even more important is their focus on full and complete agenda setting, establishing a positive and measurable communication objective that can be taught, practiced, and evaluated.