It's not just patients who can learn from tools that help them make evidence-based decisions. Assessing patients' understanding of the information provided and the reasons for their health care choices has been an educational experience for Dale Collins Vidal, MD, director of the Center for Informed Choice at Dartmouth Medical School in Hanover, New Hampshire.
Vidal, who is also a surgeon specializing in breast reconstruction, spoke about her experiences in late November at the Patient-Centeredness in Policy and Practice conference, which was co-organized by the ECRI Institute, a nonprofit organization using science-based methods to identify processes and products that improve health care, and the US Food and Drug Administration, with support from several other organizations.
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Physicians need excellent communication skills and appropriate tools for facilitating communication to more effectively incorporate patient preferences into care.
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