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
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
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
“You have cancer…” Three words which by their sound and their meaning seem to stop shared decision making (SDM) before it can begin. Patients have likened the experience to being in a war, a victim…a survivor.
Read more about how oncology nurses can engage patients in shared decision making
Not long ago, I was talking with a news reporter about an article we published on how surgical decisions are made. The paper reported that surgery patients too often were not given enough information about reasonable options. During our discussion the reporter remarked that the findings of the study were all well and good for some people, but didn’t apply to her elderly dad. Her dad would never have wanted to have information or be involved in medical decisions about his care. Instead, he would just look to his wife to tell him what to do.
Read more about who benefits the most from shared decision making
A new study published in the May issue of Health Affairs finds that some patients are concerned about being labeled “difficult” if they ask too many questions or disagree with a recommendation from their physician.
Read more about what may keep patients from engaging in shared decision making