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05/11/2018

Decision Aids Reflect Patients’ Values and Preferences for Care: So Why Aren’t More Oncologists Using Them?

My latest Law & Ethics in Oncology column in THE ASCO POST is “Decision Aids Reflect Patients’ Values and Preferences for Care: So Why Aren’t More Oncologists Using Them?”


Overwhelming evidence shows that patient decision aids, such as educational booklets, videos, or Web-based tools that take into account patients’ values and personal preferences, hold enormous promise for improving the informed consent process. Patient decision aids both reduce unwanted medical treatment and help ensure that care is value-congruent. 


Nevertheless, few clinicians use these aids with their patients. Here, we describe the expanding legal and policy incentives for clinicians to use patient decision aids.

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