Decision Quality

Decision quality describes the agreement between what an informed patient really wants and the treatment he or she actually receives. Measuring decision quality helps shed light on ways to improve the decision making process and whether or not "good" treatment decisions are being applied in the practice of medicine.

Measuring decision quality can be a challenge. Researchers must assess:

Read our special SDM Month 2013 white paper "Measuring Decision Quality: Where We Stand Today" by two decision quality experts, Karen R. Sepucha, PhD and Floyd J. Fowler, Jr., PhD.

Our Library

Below you will find samples of our most recent acquisitions in Decision Quality, grouped by resource type.

Shared Decision-Making® Program Research

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Randomized Trial Examining the Effect of Two Prostate Cancer Screening Educational Interventions on Patient Knowledge, Preferences and Behaviors

Partin MR, Nelson D, Radosevich D, et al. Randomized trial examining the effect of two prostate cancer screening educational interventions on patient knowledge, preferences, and behaviors. J Gen Intern Med. 2004;19(8):835-42.  Read the abstract.  Continue reading
Posted in Patient Decision Aids, Patient Knowledge, Patient Preferences | Tagged prostate cancer screening, PSA test, Shared Decision-Making® programs Permalink

Involving Patients in Clinical Decisions: Impact of an Interactive Video Program on Use of Back Surgery

Deyo RA, Cherkin DC, Weinstein J, et al. Involving patients in clinical decisions: Impact of an interactive video program on use of back surgery. Med Care. 2000;38(9):959-69. Read the abstract.  Continue reading
Posted in Patient Decision Aids, Patient Involvement | Tagged back surgery, decision aids, medical decisions, patients, shared decision making, Shared Decision-Making® programs Permalink

Informed Medical Decisions Foundation Perspectives

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Patients Want to be Involved

Imprecisely worded and poorly designed survey questions have caused considerable confusion about the degree to which patients want to be involved in medical decisions. When questions are worded such that patients understand that they are not being asked to make decisions requiring technical clinical information and particularly when respondents have been given basic information about the decision they are facing, survey data are extremely consistent; most patients want to be informed and to play a direct and active role in the decision making process.…  Continue reading
Posted in Patient Involvement | Tagged patient engagement, shared decision making Permalink

Informed Medical Decisions Foundation Funded Research

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Effects of Decision Ambiguity on Shared Medical Decision Making

To evaluate the impact of ambiguity on shared medical decision making using scenarios on future medicine and unconventional medicine. To develop and test a decision aid tool to help patients and physicians understand ambiguity and to encourage a shared medical decision making process that is applicable to ambiguous decisions that involve future medicine and unconventional medicine. …  Continue reading
Posted in George Bennett Grants, Investigator-Initiated Research, Patient Involvement, SDM Implementation | Tagged decision aids, shared decision making Permalink

Overdiagnosis in Screening Mammography: Examination of Women's Attitudes and Responses to Information about Overdiagnosis

The overall purpose of this research is to contribute to improving communication with the community about screening mammography. The research involves developing and evaluating educational materials and strategies to meet the important ethical objective of providing balanced information about screening outcomes in order to support screening decisions.…  Continue reading
Posted in Decision Quality, George Bennett Grants, Investigator-Initiated Research, Patient Involvement, Patient Knowledge, Patient Preferences | Tagged mammography, overdiagnosis Permalink
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