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About the Site:

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.


Editorial blogging

February 16th, 2013 by Alan Schwartz

It’s been a busy couple of years since I last posted here, as I’ve been engaged in fascinating projects studying physicians’ skills at patient-centered decision making (discovering relevant individual patient life context and tailoring care to fit the patient’s context), perception of risky medical activities, and other work. I’ve also become the editor-in-chief of the journal Medical Decision Making, and have begun posting insights on science editing on the journal’s FaceBook page. If you’re interested in the field, the journal’s a great place to find the cutting-edge research, and we’ll be featuring it on the FB page as well, so like the page if you like the work.

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Internet-based decision aids and a new blog

September 21st, 2009 by Alan Schwartz

Brian Paciotti’s blog The Internet and the Geography of Medicine came to our attention when he recently published a nice review of some of the current knowledge about patient decision aids, and argued for the development of internet-based tools for medical decision making (full disclosure: he also said nice things about our book). Dr. Paciotti is a researcher for a health care consulting firm that focuses on the use of evidence and the integration of patient values — a goal that we certainly espouse!

We’ll be following the blog, and Dr. Paciotti’s interest in how health care is distributed in the U.S. and how the Internet will affect the delivery of health care and medical education.

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Link in with medical decision making

April 4th, 2009 by Alan Schwartz

Readers who use the social networking site may be interested to know that I’ve started a “Medical Decision Making” group for “People who are engaged in the study of medical decision making, including members of the Society for Medical Decision Making.” The group  is open to any LinkedIn member to join.  Just visit the “Groups” link, “Find A Group”, and type “medical decision making”.

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Off to the publisher

September 4th, 2007 by Alan Schwartz

Today I transmitted the manuscript for Making Medical Decisions to Cambridge University Press, our publisher. Of course, there’s still copyediting and all sorts of other work to be done before it appears in the bookstores. When a production schedule has been worked out, I’ll update the readers here.

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Annual meeting of the Society for Medical Decision Making

August 26th, 2007 by Alan Schwartz

The 29th annual meeting of the Society for Medical Decision Making (SMDM) will be held in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA on October 24-27, 2007. All the relevant detail can be found at

This is the meeting to attend if you’re interested in medical decision science; presentations typically focus on clinical applications, methodological advances in decision and cost-effectiveness analysis, psychology of medical decision making, and other key topics in clinical and health policy decision science. There are also excellent short courses in the days before the meeting, providing education on MDM topics at a variety of levels (including a course on problem solving for medical educators by George, Frank Kee, and I).

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Welcome to the blog

September 20th, 2006 by Alan Schwartz

This is the blog for the forthcoming book Making Medical Decisions: A Physician’s Guide by Alan Schwartz, Ph.D., and George Bergus, M.D., which will be published by Cambridge University Press in 2008.

We’ll use this blog to discuss the central concepts of the book and provide physicians with links to tools that help faciliate medical decision making for their patients.

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