About 1 in 3 adults ages 50 to 75 have never been screened for colon cancer or isn’t up-to-date with recommended screenings. Screening lowers the risk of death from colon cancer, and experts encourage people with no family history to start regular screening at age 50.
Read more about choosing the right screening test for colon cancer
Steve Atlas, one of our medical editors and a primary care provider at Massachusetts General Hospital, recently wrote a perspective piece in Spine that got me thinking about shared decision making as a way to strengthen the relationships between providers and patients.
Read more about shared decision making for spinal fusion
Two weeks ago, The New York Times published a story about a change in the way prostate cancer is treated. Today, almost half of men diagnosed with early-stage prostate cancer are able to avoid surgery and radiation by making an informed choice to opt for active surveillance instead.
Read more about the shift in prostate cancer treatment
For more than 25 years, the Foundation has been a thought leader in research around outcomes that matter to patients, in advocacy for health system change, and in shared decision making (SDM). Today, we are pleased to introduce the new and improved Foundation website.
Read more about exciting features of the new Foundation website
As Shared Decision Making (SDM) Month comes to a close, we thank our blog post contributors, who wrote about the important role that shared decision making has played in their personal and professional lives. These SDM Month blog posts, our webinar, and other activities show how—at the beginning of life, at the close of life, and at every point along the way—shared decision making touches patients and the people who care for them.
Read more about those who are making shared decision making a reality
I have excellent health insurance, but like millions of Americans, I have a high-deductible health plan. As more and more employers move to this model, it is important that we, as consumers of health care, consider the costs of care as part of our treatment decision-making process. In what other buying decision would we ignore costs? Could you imagine comparing dishwashers or car models without looking at the price tag? Why would health care be any different?
Read more about why costs should be part of the decision-making process
Several decades ago, I spent 3 months caring for my father before he died at home. For my mother, alluding to the end of my father’s life was difficult. She left his blue blazer hanging on the back of a dining room chair where he had always left it, ready for work the next day. It remained there while he lay in a hospital bed in a room off the kitchen, until one day, a week before he died, the blazer was gone.
Read more about how Healthwise is helping people have "more good days"
At Kaiser Permanente, with an integrated pre-paid healthcare delivery system covering close to 9.2 million members across 7 regions, the incentives are very well aligned: Keeping our members healthy keeps our organization healthy. Member, family, and community engagement is central to our mission.
Read more about how Kaiser Permanente is rolling out SDM across its entire system
“I just found out that I have prostate cancer. I can’t believe it. After meeting with all the doctors, I still don’t know what treatment to have. Too many choices. Too many ‘what ifs.’ I need to figure this out soon …”
Read more about the role of nurse navigators in treatment decisions for prostate cancer
Shared decision making (SDM) has significant potential benefits for clinicians, health care systems, and most importantly, patients, including decreased patient anxiety and care variation and increased patient knowledge and value-aligned care. Integrating SDM into early-stage breast cancer surgical treatment planning was a natural fit for Allina Health, given the ongoing commitment to deliver exceptional care by putting the patient first.
Read more about integrating shared decision making into practice at Allina Health