May 1, 2011
Imprecisely worded and poorly designed survey questions have caused considerable confusion about the degree to which patients want to be involved in medical decisions. When questions are worded such that patients understand that they are not being asked to make decisions requiring technical clinical information and particularly when respondents have been given basic information about the decision they are facing, survey data are extremely consistent; most patients want to be informed and to play a direct and active role in the decision making process.
February 1, 2011
One of our primary goals at the Informed Medical Decisions Foundation is to strive for balance and fairness when helping patients understand medical decisions. At the core of our organization is the conviction that the best medical decisions are made when patients are well informed and active participants in the decision making process. A balanced presentation gives patients the best chance to work in partnership with their providers and make the decision that will serve them best.
October 1, 2010
The strongest argument for shared decision making is that patients have a fundamental right to understand all the reasonable medical options and the arguments for and against each option. Simply put, informing and involving patients in medical decisions is the right thing to do. By being informed and involved, patients have the ability to avoid having surgery that exposes them to risks they do not think are worth the benefits. In addition to those certain benefits, the evidence is also mounting that shared decision making is likely to pay for itself -- and it may well do better than that.