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This is the blog for the book Medical Decision Making: A Physician's Guide, by Alan Schwartz and George Bergus (Cambridge University Press, 2008). The book is now available from Cambridge University Press

About the Authors:

Alan Schwartz, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor of Medical Education and Pediatrics at the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine, where he teaches and conducts research on physician and patient decision making.

George Bergus, M.D., M.A. is the Dr. William and Sondra Myers Family Professor of Family Medicine at the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine, and Co-Director of the Family Practice/Psychiatry Residency program. He holds a Certificate of Additional Qualification in Geriatrics.



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Lessons outside health care

June 18th, 2009 by Alan Schwartz

SMDM Annual Meeting Co-chairs Alan Schwartz and Brendan Delaney are pleased to announce the 2009 Annual Meeting will include a pre-meeting symposium on Saturday, October 17, 2009 in Hollywood, California, USA, titled, Getting Tools Used: Lessons from outside health care.

Session Description

Will decision aids have a vital role in health care reform? Patient decision support tools are well-validated and effective, but under used. The symposium will address this problem by examining the keys to success of decision support tools used in the US outside of health care.  Investigators will present results of an in-depth investigation of four successful tools used to present evidence and promote informed choices by consumers.

Consumer Reports’s annual car buying guide, the FDA Nutrition Facts Panel, eBay, and US News’s America’s Best Colleges all provide decision support, some mandated by government, some entrepreneurial. Representatives from health care patient decision support producers will comment. The symposium will present key variables for success, and debate the implications for consumer and patient decision involvement in health care decisions.



Information about registration for the Society for Medical Decision Making meeting, including pre-meeting symposia and short courses, will soon be available at

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  2. Bob Harris Says:

    When you think about health reform think about this. I live in the UK where healthcare is free to all, however illegal immigration has put such a strain on the system that government spending has nearly doubled and our taxes just keep going up as a result. Drug makers can charge what they want because it is an open ended commitment and we have no choice but to pay. There are no caps, but people die waiting for treatment

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