Health information is not clear at times. The Ask Me 3® program run by the National Patient Safety Foundation can help. Ask Me 3® suggests three questions to ask your health care provider during an appointment, either for yourself or for a loved one. They are:

What is my main problem?

What do I need to do?

Why is it important for me to do this?

Asking questions can help you be an active member of your health care team. You may think that your main health issue is that you can’t catch your breath due to asthma, when in fact, the reason you have trouble breathing is related to your heart disease. Or you may know that you have diabetes and that you need to watch your blood sugar, but may not understand that if you don’t, your diabetes could lead to blindness.

For more information on Ask Me 3® and to view a helpful video on how to use the questions, visit

This helpful information can be applied to any health care type, including dental and mental health. Before your next appointment, write down the three questions and remember to ask all three.