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February 17, 2017

3 Facts About Contraceptive Care: The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly

Dartmouth Institute Assistant Professor Rachel Thompson heads the Institute’s Right For Me research study, which aims to improve conversations about birth control and support people to make decisions that are right for them.

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February 16, 2017

Kyla Donnelly Pearce’s Yoga Program Helps Injured Brains Heal

In 2014 Kyla Donnelly Pearce, a master's degree student at The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice and a Research Assistant at the Preference Laboratory, embarked on a study of how practicing gentle yoga regularly might help patients with brain injuries cope. In a study of the program, which the British medical journal Brain Injury published in December, Pearce and her team concluded that "yoga interventions have the potential to benefit multiple aspects of ABI survivors' quality of life and contribute to rehabilitation goals, including a positive sense of self, psychological well-being, and community integration."

Donnelly, K. Z., Linnea, K., Grant, D. A., & Lichtenstein, J. (2016). The feasibility and impact of a yoga pilot programme on the quality-of-life of adults with acquired brain injury. Brain Injury, 1–7. http://doi.org/10.1080/02699052.2016.1225988

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February 14, 2017

Yale’s Erica Spatz is The Preference Laboratory’s guest speaker at TDI Research in Progress talk

New Policies for Shared Decision Making. And Informed Consent?

New policies to incentivize shared decision making have the potential to change care for patients with common, preference sensitive conditions. Yet, there are challenges for implementation, including lack of clinician buy-in and measurement limitations, with the risk that shared decision making could become a checkbox item.  This talk will review new policies for shared decision making, discuss the challenges to successful implementation, and consider broader health system changes in informed consent and patient engagement that may help pave the way for true shared decision making.

Erica Spatz, MD, MHS
Assistant Professor, Cardiologist
Clinical Investigator at the Center for Outcomes Research
and Evaluation (CORE) at Yale School of Medicine.

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January 31, 2017

e3 engage enable empower list serv

e3 is shorthand for an email listserv dedicated to patient engagement - an area of research and development that is among the core areas of interest for The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy & Clinical Practice.

Please email us if you want to join the e3 listserv.

Members will use this listserv to share news, papers, research opportunities relevant to e3.

Membership is open to anyone who wants to be part of this community of practice.

December 7, 2016

How to ensure the quality and safety of patient decision aids?

By Glyn Elwyn, Marie-Anne Durand, and Peter Scalia.  

Commissioned by the National Quality Forum, Washington, D.C.

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August 19, 2016

New website for Option Grid™ decision aids

The redesigned optiongrid.org offers several new features, including account-free access to the decision aid library and expanded interactive versions.

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August 17, 2016

Implementing shared decision-making: consider all the consequences.

What if shared decision making happened all the time?

Perhaps we have been drinking too much Kool-Aid, but we let ourselves imagine a future where patients and clinicians collaborated effectively about health decisions and used the best possible evidence to think carefully about the harms as well as the benefits of interventions. We argued that collaborative deliberation would lead, in the first place, to better-informed patients who would make preference-based decisions. This would lead to safer, cost-effective, patient-aligned healthcare. This, in turn, would lead to improvements in utilization rates, better resource use, and improved health outcomes. (See the figure below.) These are of course hypotheses - now we need to find ways to test them.--Glyn Elwyn

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August 11, 2016

Medicare Requires Some Heart Patients to See a Second Doctor

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July 25, 2016

Marie-Anne Durand approved for PCORI funding for “Communication and Dissemination” Research

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July 11, 2016

Are Medical Guidelines Harming Your Health Care?

As currently designed, guidelines may well stand in the way of you getting the care that is right for you.  By Glyn Elwyn

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June 24, 2016

eHealthweek 2016

Glyn Elwyn delivers introductory video "What is Shared Decision Making" for eHealthweek 2016 in Amsterdam, The Netherlands

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June 22, 2016

From Class to Clinic: Hands-On Shared Decision Making

Stuart Grande, Manish Mishra, Nan Cochran, and Robin Paradis Montibello of The Preference Laboratory recently presented two workshops on Shared Decision Making, in partnership with the New Hampshire Comprehensive Cancer Collaboration. 

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May 23, 2016

Advocate ACO site visit in Chicago

Manish Mishra and Glyn Elwyn traveled to Chicago recently as part of their work on the University of California/Berkeley & Dartmouth PCORI ACTIVATE study (The Comparative Impact of Patient Activation and Engagement on Improving Patient-Centered Outcomes of Care in Accountable Care Organizations).  In the photograph from left to right are:  Manish Mishra, Patricia Ramsay, Stephen Shortell, Hector Rodriguez, Kathryn McDonald, and Glyn Elwyn.

May 17, 2016

Paul Barr awarded 2016 SYNERGY Community Engagement Research Pilot Grant Award

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May 10, 2016

Physicians navigating the social media penumbra

Social media is changing the practice of medicine.  By Stuart W Grande, MPA and Annemijn Aarts, MD, PHD

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April 28, 2016

Stuart W. Grande awarded 2016 SYNERGY Translational Pilot Grant Award

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January 11, 2016

People With Depression May Not Be Getting All The Information They’re Looking For

A first-of-its-kind study by researchers at The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy & Clinical Practice reveals an eye-opening disconnect between the priorities of patients and clinicians when it comes to the information needed to make decisions about treatment options.

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November 30, 2015

Easing the Information Burden in the Wake of a Breast Cancer Diagnosis

Helping health care providers better communicate with breast cancer patients with limited literacy or English proficiency.

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September 16, 2015

Right For Me: Birth control decisions made easier

Researchers from the Preference Laboratory create tools designed to make birth control decisions easier for women.

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September 1-September 3, 2015

Preventing Overdiagnosis 2015

On September 1-3 2015 likeminded scientists come together to share opinions ideas and solutions to the growing problem of overdiagnosis and overtreatment and how best to tackle to burden of overdiagnosis in today’s Health Care system.

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September 1, 2015

What Are Your Options?

Option Grids are brief easy-to-read tools made to help patients and health care professionals compare alternative healthcare options. Option Grids help you find answers to the questions patients frequently ask.

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July 3, 2015

The Preference Laboratory at ISDM/ISEHC in Sydney, Australia

In July 2015, eight members of the Preference Laboratory team will be traveling to Sydney, Australia for the joint ISDM/ISEHC conference held by the Society for Evidence Based Health Care and the International Shared Decision-Making group. The Preference Laboratory members will be sharing their work in a variety of pre-conference workshops, symposia, and oral presentations.

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June 12, 2015

Achieving Accountability in the Clinical Encounter: Is There Hope?

Join us Friday, June 12, 2015 at 2:00 PM Eastern Time for our monthly #patientpref tweet chat hosted by @patientpref. With our guest, Stuart W. Grande MPA PhD (@stu1848), Postdoctoral Research Fellow at The Dartmouth Center for Health Care Delivery Science, we will discuss achieving accountability in health care.

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May 31-June 3, 2015

Health Datapalooza 2015

Read The Health Care Blog’s Michael Millenson’s take on Glyn Elwyn’s keynote at Health Datapalooza 2015, where leaders across industries united to discuss the future of open health data.

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June 25-June 27, 2014

Summer Institute for Informed Patient Choice 2014

On June 25-27, 2014 medical, legal, ethics, and policy professionals and patient advocates convened to discuss the individual and systems-level consequences of the lack of transparency and patient involvement in health care (i.e, “keeping patients in the dark”).

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