Posts Tagged ‘decision aids’

NZ DOCTOR: Harbour Health PHO told the NZ Health Select Committee yesterday [15 September] it is just weeks away from testing an electronic decision-support tool, which describes a care pathway for the assessment and management of prostate health. READ MORE>

Men and their GPs are often confused by the conflicting messages about prostate cancer, Dr Lannes Johnson (Harbour Health PHO medical director) told the committee.

“On one hand we tell GPs not to screen for prostate cancer; on the other, we say, every man has the right to testing and advice.

“The controversy has not been resolved by the evidence-based medicine approach…But sensible decisions can be made in primary care even without consensus between urologists, oncologists or epidemiologists.

“We really cannot leave things as they are.”

PROSTABLOG NZ:  Decision aids to assist men make choices about prostate cancer treatment have been around a while, but have only recently been adapted for use via the internet.

The Australians announced in July good results with one designed for men with prostate cancer in their families. READ MORE>

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NORTH COUNTY TIMES: Some medical groups are developing what they call “decision aids” to cancer screening and testing, plain-English guides that give equal voice to the advantages and disadvantages of options and include real patients explaining why they chose differently.  READ MORE>

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AUGUST 5: WALL ST JOURNAL: “Decison aids” to help people decide on the best treatment for diseases like prostate cancer have been developed by the Foundation for Informed Medical Decision Making, which grew out of research at Dartmouth University in New Hampshire, US. READ MORE>

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