This Wall Street Journal Health article tells how researchers and health care providers are figuring out how to untie the doctor-knows-best knot and get patients to take charge of their own health.
NPR and Kaiser Health News report on how a Maryland physician teamed up with an environmental scientist to develop a visual approach for helping patients understand the medical risks and benefits of medical tests and treatments.
“Shared decision making supported by evidence-guided medical therapy and incremental interventions lays the foundation for a more permissive approach to not only allowing, but potentially encouraging participation in physical activity, including competitive sports.”
A single-page shared decision-making tool helps low-risk chest patients who present to the emergency department better understand their health status and options and may reduce the use of stress tests and imaging, possibly cutting costs, all without increasing risk, a new study suggests.
The National Quality Foundation is undertaking new work to set national standards for these tools, including determining clinical areas where more of these resources are needed, and developing a process for certifying high-quality decision aids for patients.
According to a new review of past research, when patients and doctors discuss antibiotic prescribing together, fewer drugs are given out.
A Monthly Prescribing Reference article outlines a recent study that examined the role of patient decision aids (PDAs) in facilitating Type 2 diabetes management and care. PDAs are evidence-based, publicly available tools designed to help people make informed decisions about their treatment options.
A recent Kaiser Health News story profiles shared decision-making’s increased use in health care and UC San Francisco’s approach, in particular, that has been a model for other programs around the nation.
Richard Wexler, MD, chief integration officer for Healthwise, demonstrates why shared decision-making is an important component of high-quality care. Joyce Kramer, RN, Manager of Shared Decision-Making at Allina Health, and MSDMC participant, describes the lessons her health system learned from working with management and clinicians to implement SDM using decision aids.
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.