Clinicians and Clinical Practices

A key focus of The Patient Revolution is on activating and encouraging patients, caregivers and communities to push their stories into clinical spaces as a strategy to draw attention to the importance of and opportunities for careful and kind care. Of course this small act of rebellion works best if clinicians and clinical practices are enthusiastic and welcoming partners. 

What you'll find here are stories, tools and programs designed specifically for clinicians and clinical practices to help prioritize conversations with patients and caregivers.

We've tried to tackle some of the issues that we know limit clinicians - issues like limited time, the focus on quality metrics, lack of access to information like cost. We can't promise easy fixes, but we are here to support clinicians and clinical practices that are working to make care a priority. 

If you have an idea about a tool or program that you'd like to see developed, please reach out.



Photo credit: Joshua Becker Photography, Rochester Magazine September 2015

Photo credit: Joshua Becker Photography, Rochester Magazine September 2015


Many of these tools and programs were developed with our partners at the Knowledge and Evaluation Research Unit at Mayo Clinic. You can read more about their renegade nature in Rochester Magazine.

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Let's do some experiments

Intrigued by some of our tools but not sure they would work or be helpful in your practice? We've put together an Experiment Toolkit to help you try them out. 

“Most of us are not very well skilled in bringing it [cost] up. In school you’re trained to simply take the best care you can of your patient and not worry about anything other than doing exactly that.”
— Dr. Lowell Schnipper, a cancer expert at Boston's Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (via NY Times)

how to make cost part of the conversation

Cost is one of the most difficult topics for patients, caregivers and clinicians to talk about. We've gathered together all our shared decision making tools that consider cost and are developing other tools to help make it easier.  You can find them on our Let's talk about $ resource guide


This tool was developed in collaboration with the clinicians and patients at Yale New Haven Hospital's Adult Primary Care practice. The questionnaire asks 4 questions.

  • What is one non-medical thing about your life you think your doctor should know?
  • What is one thing your doctor is asking you to do for your health that feels like a burden or feels harder than it should?
  • What is one thing your doctor is asking you to do for your health that is helping you feel better?
  • Where do you find the most joy in your life?

This simple questionnaire was given to patients before their clinical visit while they were waiting in the exam room before their doctor came in. 

Download the Reflection document (in English) (PDF)