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The Informed Medical Decisions Foundation, a division of Healthwise, has been working to advance evidence-based shared decision making since 1989. Our research and advocacy efforts help people make better health decisions.
Steve Atlas, one of our medical editors and a primary care provider at Massachusetts General Hospital, recently wrote a perspective piece in Spine that got me thinking about shared decision making as a way to strengthen the relationships between providers and patients.
Two weeks ago, The New York Times published a story about a change in the way prostate cancer is treated. Today, almost half of men diagnosed with early-stage prostate cancer are able to avoid surgery and radiation by making an informed choice to opt for active surveillance instead.
I recently returned from the American College of Physicians (ACP) annual meeting in Washington, DC. The ACP is the largest medical specialty organization in the world, with 147,000 members spanning the spectrum from medical students starting off on their careers to seasoned clinicians in practice and medical school professors.