I've always known shared decision making involves real work, but recently
the challenge really hit home. A few days after I was invited to write this
editorial, I visited my 80-year-old mother in Colorado. (Note: this is pure
coincidence, both events are rare. . . . ) She had just learned that she had
carotid artery stenosis. She was asymptomatic and was being asked to consider
angiography and possibly surgery. Her physician and I wanted her to make an
informed choice. She asked me to write the relevant information on a single
sheet of paper, so she could read it, think about it, and read it again. I
struggled with the assignment. The primary data source was clear: the ACAS
(Asymptomatic Carotid Atherosclerosis Study)1
and the mortality rate observed in the real world.2
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