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September 8, 1999

Agenda Setting in the Patient-Physician Relationship—Reply

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

In Reply: We agree with the insights and suggestions provided by Drs Lang and McCord. They are sensible and would provide the basis for intervention trials to examine the effect of agenda setting on patient outcomes. Other important questions are whether such training will decrease missed diagnoses, costs, referrals, and utilization. By addressing such questions, researchers can further establish the value of agenda setting as a core communication skill.