MaineHealth, a demonstration site of the Informed Medical Decisions Foundation, will be hosting a conference on May 17th, featuring national and local experts on shared decision making (SDM). Attendees will have the opportunity to attend a number of sessions on topics such as end of life care, risk communication, decision aids, patient engagement and preference-sensitive care.
Last week, MaineHealth, an Informed Medical Decisions Foundation demonstration site, held its first conference dedicated to shared decision making (SDM). The conference, entitled “Shared Decision Making: The Patient Voice in Health Care,” featured presentations from national and local experts on SDM, and focused on bringing the patient perspective into the health care delivery system.
We propose an evaluation that will assess three important components of risk communication: 1) provide patients with personalized risk communication using the risk calculator developed by the Informed Medical Decisions Foundation and health information taken from the Living with Coronary Artery Disease program; 2) provide personalized tailored patient feedback to help initiate and maintain specific cardiovascular CVD-related behaviors (e.g., medication adherence, exercise, diet, smoking cessation) to reduce risks; and 3) evaluate how this feedback can be incorporated into clinical care by examining 3-month patient outcomes and provider responses to the risk information.
The broad, long-term goal of this project is to determine the value of enhanced multimedia approaches to communicating probabilities in patient decision support tools when applied to patients with low health literacy/numeracy.