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The RAND study's conclusions were based on looking at participants in a project by the Boston-based Informed Medical Decisions Foundation: Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in New Hampshire, MaineHealth, Massachusetts General Hospital, Mercy Clinics in Iowa, the Oregon Rural Practice-based Research Network, the Palo Alto Medical Foundation in California, the Stillwater Medical Group in Minnesota and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.Read the full-text article.
I've tried to take this to heart when talking to my patients. Along with the Informed Medical Decisions Foundation, I'm about to launch a pilot of shared decision making at my primary care clinic. Our medical assistants and physicians will walk our patients through web-based decision aids that grapple, to start, with two medical decisions that have no right answers: prostate cancer screening and the treatment of knee osteoarthritis (the long-term effects of wear and tear on the joint). I don't expect every patient to come away with one hundred percent certainty about her decisions, or for every provider to find the aid useful or even usable in the short time allotted for a visit. If, at the end of the conversation, a patient prefers me to be the quarterback, I'll gladly play that role. But I want to have given her the chance to speak up.Read the full-text article.