In nearly every medical-decision-making encounter, the physician is at the center of the discussion, with the patient the recipient of the physician's decisions. Dr. Robert Alan McNutt starts from a very different premise: the patient should be at the center. McNutt challenges the physician-directed, medical-expertise model of making decisions, presenting a practical approach augmented by formal exercises designed to give patients the tools and confidence to compare and contrast their healthcare options so they can make their own choices. He addresses a number of scenarios, including heart disease, breast cancer, and prostate cancer-conditions that pose a range of choices that patients may face about diagnoses and treatments.
After providing a clear explanation of what is the highest quality medical-decision-making information, McNutt teaches patients to use that information to weigh the harms and benefits of their treatment options, empowering them to ask critical questions as they take a stronger hand in their own care. Your Health, Your Decisions moves from specific scenarios that commonly baffle patients to a systematic exploration of how to make medical decisions. By offering patients the tools they need to be full partners in their own health care, McNutt demystifies what can be a bewildering and even terrifying process.
|Publisher:||Blackstone Audio, Inc.|
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About the Author
Robert Alan McNutt, MD, is chief of the Section on Patient Safety Research at Rush University Medical Center, and associate editor of the Journal of the American Medical Association.
Dan Woren is an American voice actor and Earphones Award-winning narrator. He has worked extensively in animation, video games, and feature films. He is best known for his many roles in anime productions such as Bleach and as the voice of Sub-Zero in the video game Mortal Kombat.
Table of Contents
PrefaceA Road Map of This BookIntroduction1. A Story of Failed Decision Making2. My Medical-Decision-Making Story3. Why Not Just Ask My Doctor What to Do?4. Personal Barriers to Becoming Your Own Medical Decision Maker5. Medical Information6. Understanding Medical Information from Experiments7. Does an Apple a Day Keep the Doctor Away?8. The Math of Medical Decision Making9. How to Determine the Value of Potential Gains and Losses to Your Health10. Making Decisions11. Mr. B.12. Beginning to Make a Decision13. The Flow of Information for People Making Medical Decisions14. Mr. C.15. Mrs. D's Not-So-Dramatic Decision to Make16. Using the Informed Medical-Decision-Making Process for Tests17. What If There Is No Reliable Information?18. Clarifications19. Where to Look for Valuable Medical Information