Monthly Archives: December 2012

Michael J. Barry, MD

The President’s Corner: December 2012

This year has been an extremely busy one for our team at the Informed Medical Decisions Foundation. As we mentioned in February when we launched our brand refresh, our look may have changed but our commitment to amplifying the patient’s voice in medical decisions has not. And I believe that is evident in what we’ve accomplished this year. So I’d like to take a moment to highlight just a few of our accomplishments in 2012 and what we have to look forward to in 2013. Continue reading

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I Wish I Had Asked That! A New Worksheet for Patients

Have you ever gone to a doctor’s visit and forgotten to ask an important question? Or maybe you were unsure what to ask in the first place? If so, you aren’t alone. That is why the Informed Medical Decisions Foundation has designed a patient worksheet to help individuals gather the information they need to feel confident that they have the facts before making an important medical decision. This worksheet is designed for the patient to fill out with the help of their provider. It covers the key information every patient should know before they decide on a particular test or treatment. Continue reading

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Mary McNaughton-Collins, MD, MPH

New “Foundation Perspectives” Video: NEJM Study on Screening Mammography and Breast Cancer Overdiagnosis

The recent New England Journal of Medicine paper titled “Effect of Three Decades of Screening Mammography on Breast-Cancer Incidence” look at thirty-two years of cancer statistics in the U.S. and comes to the startling conclusion that roughly 1.3 million women have been overdiagnosed with breast cancer. In our newest “Foundation Perspectives” video, Dr. Mary McNaughton-Collins, medical director at the Informed Medical Decisions Foundation and a primary care doctor, gives us her take on the importance of this study. She provides a brief overview of the authors’ findings, explains why the overdiagnosis of breast cancer is harmful and provides her view on how these findings will affect how she engages women in a shared decision making conversation about screening mammograms. Continue reading

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