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“This study was published in December in the ‘Journal of Clinical Oncology.’ Funding support was provided by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality and the Informed Medical Decisions Foundation. No conflicts of interest were reported.” Read the full-text article.
“And some of the momentum is coming from state legislators or health officials who want a shared decision-making component in some of the latest models for cutting waste and improving quality in health care spending, like ‘medical homes.’ Washington state … Continue reading
[The Boston Globe Daily Dose Blog] 1 Million Women ‘Overdiagnosed’ with Breast Cancer Due to Mammograms, Controversial Study Suggests
“Others, however, defended the researchers’ conclusions, saying the study verifies research data that’s been published in other countries. ‘They just took a different way of looking at the likely benefits of mammographic screening and the overdiagnosis rate,’ said Dr. Michael … Continue reading
“Quality Matters asked Richard Wexler, M.D., director of patient support strategies at the Informed Medical Decisions Foundation, to share his insights on the benefits and challenges of introducing patient decision aids and shared decision making in real-world clinical settings. Wexler draws his … Continue reading
[The Commonwealth Fund's Quality Matters] Helping Patients Make Better Treatment Choices with Decision Aids
“A literature review of shared decision making trials that involved patient engagement, use of decision aids, and discussion of health problems and potential treatments found that this communication approach is consistently linked to greater satisfaction among patients. And a comprehensive review by the Cochrane … Continue reading
“Dr. David Arterburn, lead author of the Health Affairs study and a researcher at Group Health Research Institute in Seattle, calls the procedure ‘preference-sensitive’ because the choice to have one isn’t made solely on objective measures. That’s where decision aids … Continue reading
“‘For most things, there’s more than one reasonable choice,’ says Dr. Michael Barry, a primary-care physician at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston and president of the Informed Medical Decisions Foundation.” Read the full-text article.
“The herniated disk decision aid was crated by the nonprofit Informed Medical Decisions Foundation, also in Boston. The foundation has been developing these kinds of materials since 1990, and is working to implement and test the tools with physicians and … Continue reading
[Puget Sound Business Journal] When Patients Get to Help Pick Treatment, Many Wind Up Deciding that Less is More
“The decision-aid materials provided to King and other Group Health patients are produced by the Boston-based company Health Dialog in partnership with the nonprofit [Informed Medical Decisions Foundation], also based in Boston.” Read the full article.
“The two decision tools, which were developed by the Informed Medical Decisions Foundation in Boston and Health Dialog, explain to patients details of the surgery they are about to have, what non-surgical options exist, what life-style changes they could make, … Continue reading