Shared Decision Making (SDM) Month Bringing SDM to Mainstream Health Care
March 1, 2016
BOSTON, Massachusetts and BOISE, Idaho, March 1, 2016—In 1982, a President’s Commission determined that health care decision making was “an ethical obligation that involves a process of shared decisionmaking [sic] based upon the mutual respect and participation of patients and health professionals.” In the decades since, the Informed Medical Decisions Foundation has focused on making every health decision a shared decision between the person and their doctor. And we’ve seen shared decision making (SDM) written into standards for Patient-Centered Medical Home and Accountable Care Organization, reflected in Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (CAHPS) measures, and incorporated into reimbursement regulations.
Healthwise Announces Robert Kyte as CEO
March 1, 2016
BOISE, Idaho, March 1, 2016—The Healthwise board of directors today named Robert (Bob) Kyte to be the next Healthwise CEO effective July 1, 2016. Kyte will succeed founder and CEO Donald W. Kemper upon his retirement. Kemper founded the Boise-headquartered nonprofit in 1975 based on the idea that the consumer is the greatest untapped resource in health care. Under Kemper’s direction, Healthwise has grown to become the world’s leading nonprofit provider of consumer health education and decision support.
Clinicians, Patients, and Health Care Influencers Come Together for Shared Decision Making (SDM) Month in March
March 2, 2015
BOSTON, Massachusetts and BOISE, Idaho, March 2, 2015—Just 25 years ago, the practice of medicine was quite different. A patient might walk into a doctor’s office, describe her symptoms, and be prescribed a treatment, without much thought to what the patient wanted or valued. Today, it’s more common for a shared decision making (SDM) conversation to occur, but the journey to achieve widespread adoption of SDM is far from over.
A Force for Good: Healthwise and the Informed Medical Decisions Foundation Merge
February 14, 2014
BOISE, Idaho and BOSTON, Massachusetts, February 20, 2014—Amidst the challenges of health care reform, two exceptional nonprofits are bringing together their complementary strengths to provide what’s missing in health care: a strong voice for the patient—the greatest untapped resource in health care.
Health Dialog and the Informed Medical Decisions Foundation Restructure Longstanding Relationship
January 17, 2014
BOSTON, Massachusetts, January 17, 2014—Health Dialog and the Informed Medical Decisions Foundation (the Foundation) today announced that they will end their exclusive commercial relationship regarding the sale of Shared Decision Making aids, effective January 1, 2014. Health Dialog and the Foundation will continue to work together as strategic partners, but both parties will now have a new opportunity to bring new Shared Decision Making products to market.
Medicare Patients Receiving Heart Stents Without Being Told Options
March 2, 2012
LEBANON, New Hampshire, March 2, 2012—Nine out of 10 Medicare patients who received a stent procedure for coronary disease report that their physicians did not present them with the noninvasive alternative of managing their condition with medication, according to the results of a survey published online today by the Journal of General Internal Medicine. The study and its findings led the authors to conclude that physicians need to increase their efforts to inform and involve patients in decisions before performing elective procedures.
Dr. Michael Barry of MGH is New President of Foundation for Informed Medical Decision Making
August 29, 2009
BOSTON, Massachusetts, August 29, 2009—Michael J. Barry, MD, of Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School, has been named the new president of the Foundation for Informed Medical Decision Making, the non-profit organization in Boston that has pioneered the creation and use of high quality audio-visual decision aids to enhance patient involvement in their own medical decisions. Barry will replace Floyd J. Fowler, PhD, who has served in that capacity for the past seven years.
Physicians favor patient involvement in decision making, but cite barriers such as time and money
March 19, 2009
BOSTON, Massachusetts, March 19, 2009—Most primary care physicians would like their patients to be better informed about their medications, the tests they undergo, the lifestyle changes that would improve their health, and the surgery options they are offered. The majority also favor shared medical decision-making, whereby doctors and patients work together to make decisions. However, they cite too little time and an unsympathetic reimbursement structure as major barriers to routinely involving and informing their patients in medical decisions, according to the largest national survey to date on physicians’ attitudes about shared decision-making. Survey results of over 400 physicians, conducted by Lake Research Partners for the Foundation for Informed Medical Decision Making, were published in a white paper released March 19, 2009 to government, health policy, and consumer advocacy leaders.