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A Q&A with Carrie Levin: Moving Toward Shared Decision Making as Second Nature

How are patients and providers engaging in shared decision making conversations about cancer screening? They aren’t engaging frequently enough. The Informed Medical Decisions Foundation has funded two studies on this question—the DECISIONS Study in 2007 and the TRENDS Study in … Continue reading

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Shared Decision Making And The Use Of Patient Decision Aids

More than 30 years ago, a Reagan-era Presidential Commission urged the national adoption of “shared decision making” (SDM) as a way to improve communication and informed consent in health care. Since then, many patient decision aids (PDAs) have been developed — tools that present information about common medical choices in standardized, user-friendly formats. More than 100 published, randomized trials using PDAs have shown many benefits. Continue reading

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Using Stories to Help Patients Make Sense of Complex Information

We all naturally use both facts and personal stories to make decisions—whether we’re picking a new car or deciding on back surgery. Cognitive psychology tells us that both knowledge of a set of facts (“what are the facts?”) and a … Continue reading

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A Roadmap for Patient and Family Engagement

It’s a sign of progress that so many of us in the healthcare field are talking about and addressing issues related to patient and family engagement: what it means, why it matters, and how it can positively affect experiences of … Continue reading

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Call for Keeping Patients Informed Is Heard Loud and Clear

  141 attendees… 290 Twitter participants… 1,599 tweets… 3,806,868 Twitter impressions… These numbers represent the impact of the recent Summer Institute for Informed Patient Choice (SIIPC) conference, held June 25-27 in Hanover, NH. Aligning with this year’s theme, “The legal … Continue reading

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