Author Archives: Michael J. Barry, MD

The President’s Corner: March/April 2016

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. Continue reading

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Five Myths About Shared Decision Making

This post originally appeared on EngagingPatients.org. With shared decision making on the lips of many in health care conversations these days, I’d like to address five common myths about using shared decision making to make care more patient-centered. Continue reading

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Michael J. Barry, MD

The President’s Corner: January/February 2016

In 2010, Dr. David Ring, a hand surgeon at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH), courageously published an article about performing the wrong operation at the wrong site on a patient. The patient was scheduled for a trigger finger release procedure, and … Continue reading

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Michael J. Barry, MD

The President’s Corner: November/December 2015

Last month, the Association of Health Care Journalists (AHCJ), with funding from the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI), offered the AHCJ Fellowship on Comparative Effectiveness Research. A group of 12 health care journalists from around the country spent four days in Washington DC at the PCORI offices getting a “crash course” in comparative effectiveness research (CER) and how it can be used to improve health and health care. Continue reading

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Michael J. Barry, MD

The President’s Corner: September/October 2015

I attended the 6th annual Wennberg International Collaborative (WIC) Fall Research Meeting in London September 2-4, 2015. This invitation-only meeting is a collaboration between The Dartmouth Institute (TDI) and the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE). The WIC is a research network committed to improving health care by examining organizational and regional variation in health care resources, utilization, and outcomes. The goal of the collaboration is to better understand the causes and consequences of unwarranted variation—that is, variation in health care not explained by differences in population needs or preferences—around the world, leading to clinical improvement and policy change. Continue reading

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