The Informed Medical Decisions Foundation has been working for over two decades to advance evidence-based shared decision making through research, policy, clinical models and patient decision aids. We are a Boston-based organization with a network of medical editors and clinical advisors from some of the most prestigious medical institutions in the world.
On February 20, 2014 we announced our pending merger with Healthwise, the nonprofit with the world’s greatest reach in engaging patients. Healthwise brings exceptionally strong expertise in patient engagement technologies and plain language, as well as nationwide policy leadership in health information technology. By joining forces we will help ever-increasing numbers of people become meaningfully involved in their health care decisions.
As one combined organization, we will inform patients and amplify each person’s voice to:
- Help people improve the care they provide for themselves and their families.
- Help people set and reach health behavior goals.
- Advocate for public policy that supports these goals.
To Inform and Amplify the Patient’s Voice in Health Care Decisions
We believe patients have the right to be fully informed with accurate, unbiased and easy-to-understand information. For 25 years we’ve been committed to developing high-quality decision support materials that help facilitate the shared decision making process between patient and provider. These decision support materials are evaluated and updated using the highest level of medical rigor, and are systematically reviewed by both physicians and patients throughout every step of the development process.
Research and Evaluation
We believe patients have the right to be supported and encouraged to participate in their health care decisions and be respected by having their goals and concerns honored. For over two decades we’ve been committed to expanding our knowledge of shared decision making in clinical practice. By funding and contributing to research grants and shared decision making demonstration sites we foster greater understanding of the many benefits of shared decision making and how to overcome barriers to successful implementation.
Outreach and Advocacy
We believe that the only way to ensure high quality medical decisions are made is for a fully informed patient to participate in a shared decision making process with his or her health care provider. Throughout our history, we’ve been committed to advancing shared decision making policy because we believe there’s an ethical imperative to do the right thing and that shared decision making is truly perfected informed consent. In recent years, shared decision making has received increased attention from health policy makers because of the potential to bridge health disparities and conserve utilization of surgical interventions. Through outreach and advocacy we assist those interested in crafting and implementing shared decision making policies at both the state and federal level.