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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.
For more than 25 years, the Foundation has been a thought leader in research around outcomes that matter to patients, in advocacy for health system change, and in shared decision making (SDM). Today, we are pleased to introduce the new and improved Foundation website.
A review of the 86 trials included in the 2011 Cochrane Review of decision aids found great variability in the reporting of decision aid effectiveness. In some studies, the measures used to evaluate decision quality and other outcomes were not named. In other studies, the decision aid tool itself was not well described, making it hard to know what components were part of the DA.
Prostate cancer screening has been in the news again lately, and it continues to merit the label of “the controversy that refuses to die.” Let’s review some of the reasons for the recent resurgence in attention around the prostate specific antigen (PSA) test.