Wednesday, March 15, 2006

Decision Support

Decision Support: "Decision Support. Within the course of every illness or health problem, people are called upon to make decisions. Little decisions about whether to call a doctor and what self-care is best, and big decisions about medications, tests, and surgeries.
For consumers to make the best choices and decisions, they require two things:
• To fully understand the options
• To consider their own values and preferences

The best decisions are reached when both patients and their doctors understand the options and the patient's values before making their final choice. Decision guides provide the framework and information that patients and their doctors can use to make wise health decisions."
Here is an excellent set of decision guides about common medical problems , developed by Healthwise , and provided by Hill Health.

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