Monthly Archives: March 2012

Landmark Shared Decision Making State Policy Paper Published by NASHP

The National Association for State Health Policy (NASHP), through an educational grant from the Informed Medical Decisions Foundation, has released a report entitled: “Shared Decision Making: Advancing Patient-Centered Care through State and Federal Implementation.” The authors examine the legislative and regulatory approaches used in Maine, Minnesota, Oregon, Vermont and Washington to promote shared decision making (SDM) implementation and make recommendations on how other states can incorporate SDM into their care delivery models. Continue reading

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The Foundation’s 2011 Annual Research & Implementation Report Now Available Online

The Informed Medical Decisions Foundation publishes this progress report each year on the research and demonstration site projects we provide support to through funding initiatives. In addition, the Report provides an overview of some of our key research and implementation accomplishments over the past year. Continue reading

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Harriet Gudenburr

Commemorating a Career Dedicated to Shared Decision Making in Breast Cancer Care

In 1960, Harriet Gudenburr embarked on a nursing career that would span more than five decades and would touch the lives of hundreds of patients. In September 2011, Harriet retired from her position at Allegheny General Hospital where she had established the Informed Decision Making program at the hospital’s Breast Care Center. In partnership with the Informed Medical Decisions Foundation, Harriet and her team ensured patients were provided shared decision making (SDM) opportunities on their breast cancer journey. Continue reading

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New Study Shows Patients Know Little About Conservative Treatment Options for Coronary Artery Disease

Nine out of 10 Medicare patients who received a stent procedure for coronary disease report that their physicians did not present them with the non-invasive alternative of managing their condition with medication, according to the results of a study published online today by the Journal of General Internal Medicine. Floyd J. Fowler Jr., senior scientific advisor at the Informed Medical Decisions Foundation, was the study’s principal investigator. Continue reading

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NEJM Article on Shared Decision Making and Patient-Centered Care

Dr. Michael J. Barry, president of the Informed Medical Decisions Foundation and Susan Edgman-Levitan, Foundation board member, are co-authors on a New England Journal of Medicine Perspectives article published today. In the article “Shared Decision Making – The Pinnacle of Patient-Centered Care,” the authors explain that although advances in medicine continue to improve outcomes for patients as a whole, they can also leave patients and their families feeling disconnected from the decision making process and overwhelmed by their options. Continue reading

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