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.
Below you will find samples of our most recent acquisitions in Decision Quality, grouped by resource type.
Shared Decision-Making® Program ResearchView all results of this resource type in Decision Quality.
August 1, 2004
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.
September 1, 2000
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.
Featured Shared Decision Making PublicationsView all results of this resource type in Decision Quality.
September 18, 2013
Fagerlin A, Sepucha K, Couper M, et al. Patients’ knowledge about 9 common health conditions: Data from a national representative sample. Med Decis Making. 2010 Sep/Oct; 30(5 Suppl):35S-52S To make informed decisions, patients must have adequate knowledge of key decision-relevant facts. The objective of this paper was to determine adults’ knowledge about information relevant to…
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September 18, 2013
Sepucha K. Decision quality. in Encyclopedia of Medical Decision Making (ed. M. Kattan). Sage: London. 2009 Aug 15. Decision making is a critical element in the field of medicine that can lead to life-or-death outcomes, yet it is an element fraught with complex and conflicting variables, diagnostic and therapeutic uncertainties, patient preferences and values, and…
Informed Medical Decisions Foundation PerspectivesView all results of this resource type in Decision Quality.
May 1, 2011
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.…
Informed Medical Decisions Foundation Funded ResearchView all results of this resource type in Decision Quality.
September 30, 2011
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. …
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May 15, 2011
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.…