This blog describes how a doctor helped a family to move from asking the doctor to make a decision, to thinking through what their mother's wishes might be for her end of life care, and how this has influenced the doctor's subsequent practice.
The article discusses findings from recent research that show that people consider risk information easier to understand and recall when it’s presented using a visual aid. Furthermore, it typically takes people less time to understand information when it’s presented visually than when it’s presented numerically.
Group Health Study Shows the Use of Decision Aids was Linked with Sharply Reduced Rates of Elective Surgery for Arthritis
This article describes research by Group Health showing that use of decision aids for arthritis patients resulted in a 38% reduction in knee replacement surgeries, a 26% reduction in hip replacement surgeries and a 12% decline in healthcare costs over a six month period.