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Choosing Wisely: An initiative of the ABIM Foundation

Michael Barry on the "Choosing Wisely" Initiative

Last week, the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) Foundation launched their Choosing Wisely® initiative. The nine medical societies in support of the initiative are warning patients and doctors to choose wisely when it comes to 45 common medical tests. Dr. Michael J. Barry, president of the Informed Medical Decisions Foundation, provides a brief overview of the initiative and some key takeaways in the short video below. Continue reading
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Spotlight Back on Prostate Cancer Screening Thanks to Warren Buffett's Diagnosis and Treatment Plan

Prostate cancer screening and treatment made the news again this week with Warren Buffett’s announcement that he has early stage, localized, prostate cancer identified through the use of a PSA screening test. The 81 year-old Buffett is six years older than the recommended cut off age for regular PSA testing. He has opted for two months of radiation to treat the cancer. Both Buffett’s diagnosis and treatment choice has put the spotlight on a diagnostic tool and disease that is poorly understood by many people. Continue reading
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[Reuters Health] Most Women with Cancer Want a Role in Decisions

"I think it's not so surprising that the actual decision making tended to be more doctor-directed than the patients wanted," said Dr. Michael Barry, president of the Foundation for Informed Medical Decisions Making, who was not involved in this study.
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[New York Times Well Blog] Do Patients Want More Care or Less?

See a trend here? So does Dr. Michael Barry, president of the Informed Medical Decisions Foundation, a nonprofit group that promotes sound medical thinking. "People are more receptive to conversations about medical interventions having both pros and cons," says Dr. Barry. "Traditionally, newer and more aggressive interventions were often assumed to be better." But there are hints of a shift, he says: "When patients are fully informed, they tend to be more conservative."
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