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.
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.
Readers who use the linkedin.com 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 groupÂ is open to any LinkedIn member to join.Â Just visit the “Groups” link, “Find A Group”, and type “medical decision making”.
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.
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 http://www.smdm.org.
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).
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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