"What [we need] is a radical change in the way medicine is practiced," says Angela Coulter, director of global initiatives at the Informed Medical Decisions Foundation and author of Engaging Patients in Healthcare, her latest book. Angela's book is a comprehensive, evidence-based textbook that explores the ways in which patient engagement can improve overall health care.
Read more about Angela Coulter's book on patient engagement
The Informed Medical Decisions Foundation's decision aid "Is a PSA Test Right for You?" takes a look at the same medical evidence that the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recently reviewed, and highlights what the evidence tells us about the PSA test's benefits–which are uncertain or limited for many men–and the harms of treatment if a screening results in a prostate cancer diagnosis. "Men who understand the key facts about the decision and have an opportunity to talk with a doctor about their values, can then make informed choices that are aligned with their preferences," says Diana Stilwell, Foundation chief production officer. Watch our PSA decision aid, which is currently available for public access.
Read more about the value of decision aids in prostate cancer screening decisions
Implementation of shared decision making (SDM) and decision support intervention continues to expand its global reach as health care professionals are inspired by the success of such programs in the United States and other countries.
Read more about how an SDM program at UCSF inspired one in Edinburgh
The Informed Medical Decisions Foundation is currently working to expand the international reach of our decision aids with a number of exciting localization projects currently in the works with our partner Bupa and other international colleagues. Down under, our content development team is working with Bupa Australia to localize six of our patient decision aids, with an additional five to be adapted in the near future. This pilot project aims to introduce shared decision making to Bupa Australia members who are currently managing chronic health conditions, including diabetes, heart disease and lower back pain.
Read more about our partnership with Bupa Australia