Is information always a good thing? Helping patients make "good" decisions.

Journal Article (Journal Article)

In most cases, patient preferences are crucial in making good health care decisions. For example, choices between chemotherapy and radiation treatment usually hinge on trade-offs that only patients can decide about. In recognition of the importance of patient preferences in clinical decisions, health services researchers have begun developing decision aids to help patients understand complex medical information. But these decision aids might lead to "bad choices"-choices that are inconsistent with people's stated preferences. In this paper, the author provides examples of how people make inconsistent medical decisions, and briefly discusses future directions for exploring ways of structuring information so that patients are less likely to make inconsistent choices.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Ubel, PA

Published Date

  • September 2002

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 40 / 9 Suppl

Start / End Page

  • V39 - V44

PubMed ID

  • 12226584

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1537-1948

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0025-7079

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1097/01.mlr.0000023954.85887.69


  • eng