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Tessa Richards: Patients as cost savers?
Publication: BMJ Group Blogs
Author: Tessa Richards
Date: December 23, 2010
Might patients hold the key to putting the brake on spiralling healthcare costs? If you had asked me that question a few days ago I’d have said no. We all know about the problem of spiralling demand for healthcare and rising patients’ expectations.

Bruce Wade: Improving the quality of health communications
Publication: BMJ Group Blogs
Author: Bruce Wade
Date: December 23, 2010
My longstanding interests in US health disparities, doctor patient interactions, and prostate cancer mortality made the 477th Salzburg Global Seminar of profound interest to me. It had a great impact on my thinking as a sociologist. The seminar enlightened me about problems with the quality of health communications and processes of decision making ...

Layla McCay: Down with paternalism; long live shared decision making
Publication: BMJ Group Blogs
Author: Layla McCay
Date: December 23, 2010
Paternalism is so last century. In this new era of patient centered care, the modern health professional knows the importance of involving patients in decisions about their care, particularly when there is more than one appropriate option, and the decision hinges on personal preferences and values.

“e-Patient Dave” deBronkart: Back to the future: Tom Ferguson’s “e patients” emerge in shared decision-making
Publication: BMJ Group Blogs
Author: Dave deBronkart
Date: December 23, 2010
I’m an e-patient: empowered, engaged, equipped, enabled. Diagnosed in 2007 with late stage kidney cancer, I used the internet in every way possible to help my cause, in concert with world class physicians at Boston’s Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. Today I am well.

Biao Xu: Shared decision making in China
Publication: BMJ Group Blogs
Author: Biao Xu
Date: December 23, 2010
Involving and informing patients in decisions about their medical care is a very important issue since patients are one of the untapped resources in healthcare.

Risk comm guru Gigerenzer argues that absolute risk communication is a moral issue
Publication: Health News Review
Author: Gary Schwitzer
Date: December 21, 2010
Professor Gerd Gigerenzer of the Max Planck Institute for Human Development in Berlin is one of the world’s leaders in risk communication. He teaches doctors, policy-makers, journalists and the general public.

Richard Smith: A week in a schloss
Publication: BMJ Group Blogs
Author: Richard Smith
Date: November 16, 2010
As I arrived in Salzburg at Schloss Leopoldskron, globally prominent because of is role in the “Sound of Music,” I wondered if it would be possible for people from 29 countries, ranging from Uganda to the USA, to hold mutually useful conversations on health system reform.

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