A Newsworks story uses one patient’s experience with a cancer diagnosis to show what experts are learning: That individual patients have different comfort levels when it comes to weighing all the variables and detail of a complicated medical choice.
In a talk sprinkled with references to a favorite Minnesota icon, Garrison Keillor, Prof. Glyn Elwyn, MD, PhD, explored the nature of “true” shared decision-making with a packed audience of Minnesota health care providers, plan administrators and others at the annual James L. Reinertsen Lecture.
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.”
Dr. Michael J. Barry, president of the Informed Medical Decisions Foundation talks about the importance of involving patients in their care in this story, published in QIO News.