Doctors often take the decider role, to patients' detriment

CBSSM researcher Brian Zikmund-Fisher was cited in the February 23, 2009, edition of Kim Painter's "Your Health" column in USA Today discussing the preliminary findings from the National Survey of Medical Decisions (DECISIONS) project. The column summarized results that were presented by Mick Couper and other associated researchers at a recent forum in Washington, D.C., sponsored by the non-profit Foundation for Informed Medical Decision Making which funded the research.

The DECISIONS survey has documented patient reports that in many, but not all, types of medical decisions, they are commonly presented with reasons to do medical interventions ("pros") but often receive little discussion of "cons." Dr. Zikmund-Fisher also noted the DECISIONS finding that many patients report that doctors failed to ask them for their own preferences regarding what to do.

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