Informed Decision Tools Largely Reduce Ortho Joint Surgeries

Cheryl Clark, for HealthLeaders Media , September 5, 2012

Arterburn was asked if the decision tools might scare away patients who should legitimately have surgery. He says "Any patient who is 'scared away' from surgery by a decision aid that provides unbiased statistics about the likely probabilities of benefits and risks of surgery is a patient who prefers not to have surgery...they've seen the facts, and in their own best judgment, the facts don't personally add up to the surgery being a good decision for them at this time."

However, he says, "no decision should be made based on the facts presented in a decision aid alone. The decision aid is not a substitute for a conversation with their health care provider, who can use clinical judgment to advise the patient whether the probabilities presented in the video apply to patients like them."


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Knee replacement (9/7/2012 at 11:04 PM)
Preoperative decision making process greatly enhances the surgical outcome and also increases patient expectation and satisfaction from surgery.




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