More than 30 years ago, a Reagan-era Presidential Commission urged the national adoption of “shared decision making” (SDM) as a way to improve communication and informed consent in health care. Since then, many patient decision aids (PDAs) have been developed—tools that present information about common medical choices in standardized, user-friendly formats. More than 100 published, randomized trials using PDAs have shown many benefits.
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We all naturally use both facts and personal stories to make decisions—whether we’re picking a new car or deciding on back surgery. Cognitive psychology tells us that both knowledge of a set of facts (“what are the facts?”) and a gist understanding of the personal relevance or meaning of those facts (“what do those facts mean to me?”) matter when we’re making decisions. Just like our neighbor’s rave review of his new car adds another dimension to that model’s Consumer Reports ratings, the stories of other patients can help us understand what impersonal statistics about surgery outcomes and complication rates might mean to our lives.
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It’s a sign of progress that so many of us in the healthcare field are talking about and addressing issues related to patient and family engagement: what it means, why it matters, and how it can positively affect experiences of care, health outcomes, and healthcare costs. Now is the time to concentrate on how we work together strategically to advance patient and family engagement research and practice across the healthcare spectrum.
Read more about a valuable roadmap for patient and family engagement
Carrie Levin examines the relationship between risk communication and health literacy and numeracy.
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141 attendees…290 Twitter participants…1,599 tweets…3,806,868 Twitter impressions…These numbers represent the impact of the recent Summer Institute for Informed Patient Choice (SIIPC) conference, held June 25-27 in Hanover, NH. Aligning with this year’s theme, “The legal and ethical implications of keeping patients in the dark,” conversations both in the conference room and “virtual” centered on informed patient choice, shared decision making, and health care reform. The passion for keeping patients informed could be seen, felt, and heard near and far.
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According to the National Patient Safety Foundation, patient safety remains a challenge, including medication errors, falls, readmissions, and diagnostic errors. As National Safety Month 2014 comes to a close, here’s a story about how we may overcome some of these challenges.
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We are now more than 2 months into our merger with Healthwise, and we’ve made enormous progress over that time. A spirit of intense collaboration permeates the combined organization as we develop strategic and operational plans for the months and years ahead.
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During the month of May, women are inundated with messages to visit their primary care provider and get screening tests done as part of awareness efforts for National Women’s Health Month. For many women, keeping track of what tests to get, or when to get them, can be difficult and confusing. Over the past few years, numerous women’s health guidelines, especially those related to screenings, have gone through major changes. Add these changes to the already confusing health care system and a woman’s hectic life—often involving the balance of children, job, and household—and it’s no wonder that many women have a hard time knowing what they really need to do to care for themselves.
Read more about the importance of engaging women in mammography screening decisions
This June, patients, physicians, lawyers, policy makers, ethicists and others will gather in Hanover, New Hampshire, for the 7th Annual Summer Institute for Informed Patient Choice (SIIPC). With the theme “The legal and ethical implications of keeping patients in the dark,” the sessions will be an invigorating 3-day discussion about health care transparency. Speakers will focus on the importance of greater transparency in health care and innovative solutions to promote patient–centered care through interdisciplinary collaborations.
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As we continue our 25th-anniversary celebration, we thought it would be fun to look back at the history, pop culture and economics of our birth year, 1989.
Read more about the state of health care in 1989