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IPDAS Workgroup to Recommend Guidelines to Improve Quality of Decision Aid Evaluation Studies and Reporting

A review of the 86 trials included in the 2011 Cochrane Review of decision aids found great variability in the reporting of decision aid effectiveness. In some studies, the measures used to evaluate decision quality and other outcomes were not named. In other studies, the decision aid tool itself was not well described, making it hard to know what components were part of the DA. These gaps in reporting DA evaluations led to the creation of the International Patient Decision Aid Standards Reporting Guidelines (IPDAS-RG) Workgroup, of which I am a member. Continue reading

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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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A Big Thanks to Those Who Are Making Shared Decision Making a Reality Every Day

As Shared Decision Making (SDM) Month comes to a close, we thank our blog post contributors, who wrote about the important role that shared decision making has played in their personal and professional lives. These SDM Month blog posts, our webinar, and other activities show how—at the beginning of life, at the close of life, and at every point along the way—shared decision making touches patients and the people who care for them. Continue reading

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Costs Should Be Part of the Equation

I have excellent health insurance, but like millions of Americans, I have a high-deductible health plan. As more and more employers move to this model, it is important that we, as consumers of health care, consider the costs of care as part of our treatment decision-making process. In what other buying decision would we ignore costs? Could you imagine comparing dishwashers or car models without looking at the price tag? Why would health care be any different? To illustrate this point, consider my own cautionary tale. Continue reading

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The Value of Shared Decision Making in Achieving “More Good Days”

Several decades ago, I spent 3 months caring for my father before he died at home. For my mother, alluding to the end of my father’s life was difficult. She left his blue blazer hanging on the back of a dining room chair where he had always left it, ready for work the next day. It remained there while he lay in a hospital bed in a room off the kitchen, until one day, a week before he died, the blazer was gone. My mother had removed it. That’s how she signaled to the rest of us that she was preparing to let go. Continue reading

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