medical decision making

Study: Decision Aids Show Promise In Reducing Medical Procedures

Reprinted with permission from Kaiser Health News

September 5th, 2012 – While policymakers debate complex changes to reduce health spending, promoting patients’ involvement in treatment decisions could have an immediate effect. A new Health Affairs report about decision aids — materials given to patients to help educate them about treatment options — shows they can help hold down costs by reducing demand for medical procedures.

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