Fowler FJ Jr, Gallagher PM, Bynum JP, et al. Decision-making process reported by Medicare patients who had coronary artery stenting or surgery for prostate cancer. J Gen Intern Med. Epub 2012 Feb 28.
The objective of this study was to learn how decisions were made for two major preference-sensitive interventions: prostate cancer surgery and coronary artery stenting. Through a mail survey of probability samples of patients who underwent these two procedures, the authors found that while prostate cancer surgery patients reported more involvement in the decision making process than elective stent patients, both reports illustrated the need for increased efforts to inform and involve patients facing preference-sensitive intervention decisions.