An NPR Health News story reports on how health care teams at Massachusetts General are working on ways to involve their patients in shared decision-making. The initiative gives patients online, written and visual information to help them.
Often, radiation oncology is seen as a treatment avenue that is ultimately left to the physician to dictate. But there are tailored options, decisions, and discussions that can apply to individual patients, even if they all have similar diagnoses.
“It is striking how strongly providers’ relationships with their patients, particularly the use of shared decision-making, influenced whether patients became ongoing users of the medications prescribed for them.”