Author Archives: IMDFoundation

Michael J. Barry, MD

The President’s Corner: May/June 2015

Together, Jack and Al wrestled with how to find the “right rate” of medical care, preserving wanted variation attributable to patients’ clinical conditions and preferences while reducing unwanted variation due to clinicians’ preferences. They concluded that the answer would be found in ensuring that patients are fully informed about and involved in their medical decisions. This melding of minds produced the Informed Medical Decisions Foundation in 1989. And for 26 years we’ve had truly big shoes to fill in carrying forward their ideals! Continue reading

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Richard Hoffman, MD, MPH

“More accurate than traditional biopsies” and other misinformation about a new prostate cancer test from NY-Presbyterian Hospital

The release quotes the study author speculating that the new test could “replace traditional surgical biopsies.” But that’s not what the study suggests. Biopsies will still be necessary to confirm prostate cancer in those who test positive; the study shows potential just to reduce the number of unnecessary biopsies. Continue reading

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Why Safety Is Personal When It Comes to Medical Care

When I was 40 years old, I was diagnosed with an aggressive breast cancer that required immediate surgery and chemotherapy. When I heard the biopsy was positive, my first thought was, “I’ve been in training for this all my life.” Continue reading

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7th Annual Summer Institute for Informed Patient Choice Will Focus on Greater Transparency in Health Care

This June, patients, physicians, lawyers, policy makers, ethicists and others will gather in Hanover, New Hampshire, for the 7th Annual Summer Institute for Informed Patient Choice (SIIPC). With the theme “The legal and ethical implications of keeping patients in the dark,” the sessions will be an invigorating 3-day discussion about health care transparency. Speakers will focus on the importance of greater transparency in health care and innovative solutions to promote patient–centered care through interdisciplinary collaborations. Continue reading

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Shared Decision Making: Better Care for Women and Babies

There is growing consensus that rapid gains in the quality, outcomes, and value of maternity care are within reach. The integration of shared decision making into the maternity care system can play a significant role in improving outcomes for women and babies, and may help reduce the high costs of maternity care by helping women avoid procedures that are unnecessary. The partners look forward to working together to make maternity care shared decision making in the clinical setting the norm, not the exception. Continue reading

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