Volume 53 | Number 5 | October 2018

Abstract List

Jordan E. Rullo Ph.D., L.P., Jilian L. Foxen M.Ed., Joan M. Griffin Ph.D., Jennifer R. Geske M.S., Cesar A. Gonzalez Ph.D., L.P., Stephanie S. Faubion M.D., Michelle Ryn Ph.D.


To (1) test whether patient attitudes toward intake forms at three Midwestern outpatient clinics are significantly more negative among those who are asked to complete questions versus those who are not; and (2) gain an in‐depth understanding of patient concerns about questions.

Study Setting

Data were collected between 6/29/2015 and 2/29/2016 from new patients ( = 491) who presented at three outpatient clinics in a large academic medical center. This study was originally a quality improvement project, and later, institutional review board approval was obtained for secondary data analysis.

Study Design

Two‐stage mixed‐methods study. (1) Experimental: New patients at three sites were randomly assigned to complete either routine intake forms (control) or routine intake forms with questions (experimental); and (2) qualitative: interviews with patients who responded negatively to questions.

Principal Findings

There were no significant differences in patient attitudes between experimental and control groups (>.05). Of those who received questions, only 3 percent reported being distressed, upset, or offended by the questions.


Collection of data as a part of the routine clinical patient intake process is not distressing to 97 percent of patients who are heterosexual, cisgender, and older than 50 years.