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Employees Take Action to Show What Better Health Care Looks Like

October 18‒24, 2015, is RightCare Action Week, a grassroots initiative of the Lown Institute, a nonprofit think tank, built on taking action to remind patients and health care professionals of “what good medical care can and should be.” Here at the Foundation and at our sister organization, Healthwise, we encouraged employees to think about what “right care” means to them and to participate in the “What RightCare Means to Me” photo campaign. Continue reading

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Shared Decision Making and Evidence-Based Practice Unite in Sydney

Every other year, members of the shared-decision-making community gather in a different hub of the world to discuss the evolution of patients and providers engaging in a collaborative conversation around health care decisions. This July, the gathering was quite the landmark event as shared decision making and evidence-based practice united at the first joint International Shared Decision-Making/International Society for Evidence-Based Health Care (ISDM/ISEHC) Conference in Sydney, Australia. Over 300 people from around the globe met at the University of Sydney July 19–22 to share knowledge and inspire action to improve the entire care experience. 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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