Using qualitative interviews, surveys and experiments, we seek to explain how physicians and patients routinely make decisions related to care and healthcare delivery.

In their book Medical Decision Making: A Physician’s Guide, Schwartz and Bergus define medical decision making as the following: “as a normative endeavor, it proposes standards for ideal decision making. As a descriptive endeavor, it seeks to explain how physicians and patients routinely make decisions, and has identified both barriers to, and facilitators of, effective decision making. As a prescriptive endeavor, it seeks to develop tools that can guide physicians, their patients, and health care policymakers to make good decisions in practice.”

We examine medical decision making from both the patient and provider perspectives. Our group conducts work to better understand patients’ information needs and priorities to create more patient-centered decision tools.

Featured paper: A patient-centered approach to informed consent