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Creating a Group Health Culture Where Shared Decision Making Is the Norm

Today’s guest blogger is David Arterburn, MD, MPH. He is an associate investigator at the Group Health Research Institute in Seattle and an internal medicine physician at Group Health. He has served as medical editor for the Informed Medical Decisions Foundation, now a division of Healthwise, for many years.

At Group Health, we are creating a culture of expectation that no preference-sensitive medical decision is made in the face of insufficient knowledge among patients about their options and that patients’ preferences are aligned with their treatment decisions. Continue reading

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My Journey to Improved Hip Health and the Value of Health Education in Decision Making

Today’s guest blogger is Leslie Kelly Hall. She is senior vice president of policy at Healthwise. Leslie guides policy efforts for health information technology, standards, interoperability, privacy, and security that will help people engage in their health.

Arthritis of the hip. Pain. Limping. Lack of sleep. This is not a condition for the faint of heart. Eager to do as much as I could for myself and avoid unnecessary surgeries, I began a quest to improve my hip health. 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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Nurses: Making Sure the Patient’s Voice Is Heard

“I’m sorry to tell you this, but you have an early-stage breast cancer.”

So began the conversation I had with many patients following a biopsy of a suspicious area found on a screening mammogram. Before coming to Healthwise, I was a cancer nurse navigator. I am also a breast cancer survivor. I have had this conversation from both sides of the phone call. It is a fine example of how nurses can, and should, be involved in shared decision making. Continue reading

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Join Us in Celebrating Shared Decision Making Month!

For the third year in a row, the Foundation will be hosting Shared Decision Making (SDM) Month this March! This year is especially exciting, as it is the first SDM Month since we merged with Healthwise, bringing our 65 years … Continue reading

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