Research associated with Doctor-patient communication

Projects:

Impact of a Plain Language Prostate Cancer Decision Aid on Decision Making

Publications:

Helping patients decide: Ten steps to better risk communication
Fagerlin A, Zikmund-Fisher BJ, Ubel P. Journal of the National Cancer Institute 2011;103(19):.

Physicians recommend different treatments for patients than they would choose for themselves
Ubel PA, Angott A, Zikmund-Fisher BJ. Archives of Internal Medicine 2011;171(7)::630-634.

Patients' knowledge about 9 common health conditions: The DECISIONS survey
Fagerlin A, Sepucha KR, Couper M, Levin CA, Singer E, Zikmund-Fisher BJ. Medical Decision Making 2010;30:35S-52S.

The DECISIONS study: A nationwide survey of United States adults regarding 9 common medical decisions
Zikmund-Fisher BJ, Couper M, Singer E, Levin CA, Fowler F, Ziniel S, Ubel P, Fagerlin A. Medical Decision Making 2010;30:20S-34S.

Patient-provider concordance in the prioritization of health conditions among hypertensive diabetes patients
Zulman DM, Kerr EA, Hofer TP, Heisler M, Zikmund-Fisher BJ. Journal of General Internal Medicine 2010;25(5):408-414.

Prostate cancer screening decisions: Results from the DECISIONS study.
Hoffman RM, Couper M, Zikmund-Fisher BJ, Levin CA, McNaughton-Collins M, Helitzer DL, VanHoewyk J, Barry MJ. Archives of Internal Medicine 2009;169(17):1611-1618.

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Patient comprehension of emergency department care and instructions: Are patients aware of when they do not understand?
Engel KG, Heisler M, Smith DM, Robinson, CH, Forman, JH, Ubel PA. Annals of Emergency Medicine 2009;53(4):454-461.e15.

Patient-centered communication and prognosis discussions with cancer patients
Shields CG, Coker CJ, Poulsen SS, Doyle JM, Fiscella K, Epstein RM, Griggs JJ. Patient Education and Counseling 2009;77:437-42.

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Improving understanding of adjuvant therapy options by using simpler risk graphics
Zikmund-Fisher BJ, Fagerlin A, Ubel PA. Cancer 2008;113(12):3382-3390.

The impact of the format of graphical presentation on health-related knowledge and treatment choices
Hawley ST, Zikmund-Fisher BJ, Ubel PA, Jankovic A, Lucas T, Fagerlin A. Patient Education and Counseling 2008;73(3):448-455.

Communicating side effect risks in a tamoxifen prophylaxis decision aid: The debiasing influence of pictographs
Zikmund-Fisher BJ, Ubel PA, Smith DM, Derry HA, McClure JB, Stark AT, Pitsch R, Fagerlin A. Patient Education and Counseling 2008;73(2):209-214.

The accuracy of predicting parity as a prerequisite for cesarean delivery on maternal request
Keeton K, Zikmund-Fisher BJ, Ubel PA, Fenner DE, Fagerlin A. Obstetrics and Gynecology 2008;112:285-289.

Alternate methods of framing information about medication side effects: Incremental risk versus total risk of occurrence.
Zikmund-Fisher BJ, Fagerlin A, Roberts TR, Derry HA, Ubel PA. Journal of Health Communication 2008;13(2):107-124.

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"If I'm better than average, then I'm ok?": Comparative information influences beliefs about risk and benefits.
Fagerlin A, Zikmund-Fisher BJ, Ubel PA. Patient Education and Counseling 2007;69:140-144.

Does labeling prenatal screening test results as negative or positive affect a woman's responses?
Zikmund-Fisher BJ, Fagerlin A, Keeton K, Ubel PA. American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology 2007;197(5):528.e1-528.e6.

Measuring numeracy without a math test: development of the subjective numeracy scale (SNS).
Fagerlin A, Zikmund-Fisher BJ, Ubel PA, Jankovic A, Derry HA, Smith DM. Medical Decision Making 2007;27(5):672-680.

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Validation of the subjective numeracy scale (SNS): Effects of low numeracy on comprehension of risk communications and utility elicitations.
Zikmund-Fisher BJ, Smith DM, Ubel PA, Fagerlin A. Medical Decision Making 2007;27(5):663-671.

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Making numbers matter: Present and future research in risk communication.
Fagerlin A, Ubel PA, Smith DM, Zikmund-Fisher BJ. American Journal of Health Behavior 2007;31(Suppl. 1):S47-S56.

Can avoidance of complications lead to biased healthcare decisions?
Amsterlaw J, Zikmund-Fisher BJ, Fagerlin A, Ubel PA. Judgment and Decision Making 2006;1(1):64-75.

A matter of perspective: choosing for others differs from choosing for yourself in making treatment decisions.
Zikmund-Fisher BJ, Sarr B, Fagerlin A, Ubel PA. Journal of General Internal Medicine 2006;21:618-622.

An informed decision? Breast cancer patients and their knowledge about treatment.
Fagerlin A, Lakhani I, Lantz PM, Janz NK, Morrow M, Schwartz K, Deapen D, Salem B, Liu L, Katz SJ. Patient Education and Counseling 2006;64:303-312.

Individualized survival curves improve satisfaction with cancer risk management: decisions in women with BRCA 1/2 mutations.
Armstrong K, Weber B, Ubel PA, Peters N, Holmes J, Schwartz JS. Journal of Clinical Oncology 2005;23(36):9319-9328.

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Cure me even if it kills me: Preferences for invasive cancer treatment.
Fagerlin A, Zikmund-Fisher BJ, Ubel PA. Medical Decision Making 2005;25(6):614-619.

Correlates of breast reconstruction: Results from a population-based study.
Morrow M, Mujahid M, Lantz PM, Janz NK, Fagerlin A, Schwartz K, Liu L, Deapen D, Salem B, Lakhani I, Katz SJ. Cancer 2005;104:2340-2346.

Patient involvement in surgery treatment decisions for breast cancer.
Fagerlin A, Janz NK, Katz SJ, Lakhani I, Lantz PM, Liu L, Morrow M, Salem B, Schwartz K. Journal of Clinical Oncology 2005;23:5526-5533.

Reducing the influence of anecdotal reasoning on people's health care decisions: Is a picture worth a thousand statistics?
Fagerlin A, Wang C, Ubel PA. Medical Decision Making 2005;25(4):398-405.

Evidence-based patient choice: A prostate cancer decision aid in plain language.
Fagerlin A, Holmes-Rovner M, Kelly-Blake K, Ohene-Frempong J, Rovner D, Stableford S, Wei JT. BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2005;5:16.

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How making a risk estimate can change the feel of that risk: Shifting attitudes toward breast cancer risk in a general public survey.
Fagerlin A, Zikmund-Fisher BJ, Ubel PA. Patient Education and Counseling 2005;57(3):294-299.

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What's time got to do with it? Inattention to duration in interpretation of survival graphs.
Zikmund-Fisher BJ, Fagerlin A, Ubel PA. Risk Analysis 2005;25(3):589-595.

Satisfaction with surgery outcomes and the decision process in a population-based sample of women with breast cancer
Fagerlin A, Janz NK, Katz SJ, Lakhani I, Lantz PM, Liu L, Salem B, Schwartz K. Health Services Research 2005;40:745-767.

Patient education materials for prostate cancer: a critical review.
Fagerlin A, Holmes-Rovner M, Jentoft C, Rovner D, Stableford S, Wei JT. Annals of Internal Medicine 2004;140:721-728.

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"Is 28% good or bad?": Evaluability and preferences reversals in health care decisions.
Zikmund-Fisher BJ, Fagerlin A, Ubel PA. Medical Decision Making 2004;24(2):142-148.

When do patients and their physicians agree on diabetes treatment goals and strategies, and what difference does it make?
Heisler M, Vijan S, Anderson RM, Ubel PA, Bernstein SJ, Hofer TP. Journal of General Internal Medicine 2003;18(11):893-902.

The role of physicians' recommendations in medical treatment decisions.
Gurmankin AD, Baron J, Hershey JC, Ubel PA. Medical Decision Making 2002;22:262-271.

Truth in the most optimistic way.
Ubel PA. Annals of Internal Medicine 2001;134:1142-1143.

Money talks, patients walk?
Ubel PA. Journal of General Internal Medicine 2001;16:204-205.

Press Coverage:

The DECISIONS Study in the news
October 17, 2010

Doctors often take the decider role, to patients' detriment
USA Today - February 23, 2009

Many ER Patients Leave in a Fog
August 12, 2008