Perspective: Informed patient choice: Patient-centered valuing of surgical risks and benefits

James Neil Weinstein*, Kate Clay, Tamara S. Morgan

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

The risks and benefits of any health care intervention are valued differently by stakeholders. One of the ethical imperatives of patient-centered care is the balanced, evidence-based presentation of risks and benefits by providers to patients. Using the example of musculoskeletal surgery with devices, we advocate the use of shared decision-making tools and processes known to improve knowledge, adjust unrealistic expectations, and elicit values about benefits desired and the degree of acceptable risks for individual patients. We describe feasibility and efficacy within our organization and address ways to foster the further adoption of this approach.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)726-730
Number of pages5
JournalHealth Affairs
Volume26
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - May 2007

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health Policy

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