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To better gauge the extent to which patients are involved in decision making about 10 common medical issues, Floyd J. Fowler, PhD, and colleagues at the Informed Medical Decisions Foundation in Boston surveyed about 3000 patients. Patients were asked about the discussions they had with their physicians about 10 common medical decisions (whether to take medication for high blood pressure, high cholesterol, or depression; whether to be screened for breast, prostate, or colon cancer; or whether to undergo knee or hip replacement for osteoarthritis or surgery for cataracts or low back pain). Most of the patients (60%-78%) reported that they were asked for their input on most of these issues except for decisions about whether to take medication for hypertension or elevated cholesterol or to have a mammogram.Read the full-text article.