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

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

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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

    • Medicine(all)

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