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"See a trend here? So does Dr. Michael Barry, president of the Informed Medical Decisions Foundation, a nonprofit group that promotes sound medical thinking. 'People are more receptive to conversations about medical interventions having both pros and cons,' says Dr. Barry. 'Traditionally, newer and more aggressive interventions were often assumed to be better.' But there are hints of a shift, he says: 'When patients are fully informed, they tend to be more conservative.'"Read the blog post.
"This was among the proposals offered by Dr. Robert Berenson, a senior fellow at the Urban Institute and vice chair of the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission, and others at an Oct. 19 panel on Medicare savings ideas for the Supercommittee. The meeting was sponsored by Health Affairs, American Board of Internal Medicine Foundation, the California HealthCare Foundation and the Foundation for Informed Medical Decision Making."Read the full story.
"One of the key speakers was Dr. Michael J. Barry, president of the Foundation for Informed Medical Decision Making, a practicing primary care physician and medical director of the John D. Stoeckle Center for Primary Care Innovation at Massachusetts General Hospital."Read the full blog post.
"Dr. Stephen Berman, a professor of pediatrics and public health at the University of Colorado and a medical editor of the Foundation for Informed Medical Decision Making, said he wasn't surprised to see these kids avoiding the hospital."Read the full story.
[The Boston Globe Daily Dose blog] Doctors Admit they Lie to Patients and Hide Mistakes, Survey Reveals
"For now, patients facing a choice between multiple procedures or medications might want to ask doctors about any financial interests that could bias them in favor of one treatment over another, said Dr. Michael Barry, president of the Foundation for Informed Medical Decision Making, a Boston-based patient advocacy group."Read the full blog post.
"Paying physicians adequately to engage in what is called shared decision making 'is an important first step' to ensuring that it happens regularly, the study said. Clinical decision aids on options for back care, chronic conditions, screening tests and more are available from organizations such as the Boston-based Informed Medical Decisions Foundation."Read the full article.
"The overall trend may be due to a shift toward a more conservative health-care attitude as people become more aware of unnecessary procedures and the danger of surgery. 'People are more receptive to conversations about medical interventions having both pros and cons,' said Dr. Michael Barry, president of the Informed Medical Decisions Foundation."Read the full article.
"In Boston, the Informed Medical Decisions Foundation is developing tools for health plans and others to help patients learn more about the procedures they are about to undergo. The foundation defines an informed decision even more broadly."Read the full article.
[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 Collaboration found the use of decision aids, in particular, improves patients' knowledge of and satisfaction with their care. Patients viewing decision aids also chose to pursue major elective invasive surgery less often—a finding that has caught the attention of those hoping to reduce overuse or misuse: research has shown that as much as 25 percent of elective surgery may be unnecessary or inappropriate.2 But in spite of the evidence that patients value the tools and learn from them, and in spite of their potential to reduce inappropriate use and control costs, decision aids and shared decision making are not in widespread use. 'Given the level of evidence, this may be one of the best-documented but underused intervention in American medicine,' says Michael J. Barry, M.D., president of the Informed Medical Decisions Foundation, a nonprofit that develops and disseminates shared decision making tools. (See Q&A with Richard Wexler, director of patient support strategies at the Informed Medical Decisions Foundation.)"Read the entire article.
"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 conclusions from his work overseeing the foundation's nationwide demonstration project, which has enabled primary and specialty care sites to test different approaches to helping patients with preference-sensitive conditions make decisions in concordance with their own treatment goals and values."Read the entire article.