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Improving Patient Decision-Making in Health Care

For Medicare patients with conditions that can be treated with surgery, whether or not they undergo surgery depends largely on where they live, and the clinicians they see, according to a groundbreaking new report from the Dartmouth Atlas Project and the Foundation for Informed Medical Decision Making. All too often patients facing elective surgery do not get a chance to learn about the full range of medical options available to them, including the unique risks and benefits of each. Many patients are unaware that the decision about an elective procedure is actually theirs to make. Instead, they routinely delegate such important decisions to their doctors. As a consequence, patients often don't get the treatment they would prefer had they been fully empowered and informed. On February 24th, the Dartmouth Atlas Project will release its newest report, entitled Improving Patient Decision-Making in Health Care: A 2011 Dartmouth Atlas Report Highlighting Minnesota. To highlight the dramatic findings of this study, the New America Foundation will host a roll-out event at 3:00pm on Friday, February 25th. Shannon Brownlee, the lead author of the study and Acting Director of New America's Health Policy Program will open with a short presentation of the Atlas' findings, followed by responses from Christine Bechtel, Vice President of the National Partnership for Women and Families, and Len Nichols, Director of Center for Health Policy Research and Ethics at George Mason University.
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