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What Makes a Good Medical Decision? Defining and Implementing Decision Quality Measures

March 21, 2013 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

SDM Month Theme Week: Shared Decision Making Policy Issues and Decision Quality

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Please join us for a FREE webinar on decision quality measures. During this hour-long session, you’ll hear about the pioneer decision quality research conducted at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) that has resulted in a well-tested set of questions to measure the process of medical decision making. You’ll also hear about how these measures are being put into practice.

Following the presentation, panelists will take questions from attendees.

Register for the webinar.


Jack Fowler
Floyd J. Fowler Jr., PhD
Jack is senior scientific advisor at the Informed Medical Decisions Foundation and is responsible for defining the Foundation’s research agenda and disseminating results related to the Foundation’s mission. Since the Foundation’s inception, he has worked on the dual tasks of understanding patient perspectives on treatment decisions and evaluating programs designed to help patients make decisions. Jack served as president of the Foundation from 2002-2009. He is a social scientist specializing in survey research methods and has been a senior research fellow at the Center for Survey Research at the University of Massachusetts, Boston, since 1971; he served as its director for 14 years. Jack has been a major contributor to the research on patient outcomes and on how patients are affected by the treatments they receive. He holds a PhD in social psychology from the University of Michigan and a BA in English from Wesleyan University.


Karen R. Sepucha, PhD
Karen R. Sepucha, PhD
Karen is the director of the Health Decision Sciences Center at Massachusetts General Hospital and an assistant professor of medicine at the Harvard Medical School. Her research focuses on extending and refining normative and behavioral decision making theories and their application to medical decision making. Recently, Karen’s research has pertained to measuring decision quality and developing survey instruments that can be used to assess the quality of common medical decisions. She has published several articles on the evaluation of decision support interventions. Karen holds a PhD in engineering-economic systems and operations research from Stanford University.
Dale Collins Vidal, MD
Dale Collins Vidal, MD
Dale is a professor of surgery at the Giesel School of Medicine at Dartmouth and chief of plastic surgery at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center (DHMC). She joined Dartmouth-Hitchcock Clinic in 1195 and served as medical director of the breast program from 1999 to 2009. Under her direction, the care of patients with breast cancer moved from a fragmented system of specialty care programs to a coordinated, interdisciplinary process with a single point of contact for patients. Use of computerized screening tools and patient decision-making aids within the program has resulted in greater patient satisfaction and a marked improvement in patients’ ability to make an informed choice about treatment options.



March 21, 2013
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
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