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Investing in Deliberation: Defining and Developing Decision Support Interventions for People Facing Difficult Health Decisions (Session III)

White Paper Sep 30, 2009

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This conference took place on September 22, 2009, at the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality in Gaithersburg, Maryland. The conference explored how interactive media can be an effective, clinically significant resource for transforming science into practice through improved communication and decisionmaking.


Glyn Elwyn, Ph.D., M.Sc., FRCGP, Presenter

Susan Dentzer, Respondent

Brian S. Mittman, Ph.D., Respondent


Susan Dentzer is the Editor-in-Chief of Health Affairs, the nation's leading journal of health policy, and an on-air analyst on health issues for The PBS NewsHour on the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS). Ms. Dentzer assumed the position of editor-in-chief in May 2008 after a decade as the on-air health correspondent for The NewsHour. Health Affairs, which has been called the nation's health policy "Bible," is a peer-reviewed journal that is published bimonthly in print with additional online entries published weekly at www.healthaffairs.org. Based in Bethesda, MD, the journal and the Web site are published by Project HOPE, a health education and humanitarian assistance organization that operates programs in 36 countries around the world.

Disclosures: speakers bureau membership – Washington, Keppler.

Glyn Jones Elwyn, M.B., B.Ch., M.Sc., Ph.D., FRCGP, is a professor of medicine at Cardiff University in the United Kingdom where he directs the Clinical Epidemiology Interdisciplinary Research Group at the School of Medicine. He also is a primary care clinician who has research interests in shared decisionmaking, risk communication, the design and evaluation of decision-support interventions, and the integration of health informatics into clinical practice. Together with his faculty colleague Dr. Adrian Edwards, Dr. Elwyn convenes an online laboratory (www.decisionlaboratory.com) to develop Web-based interactive decision-support tools, such as for prostate specific-antigen testing (www.prosdex.com), amniocentesis (www.amniodex.com), and breast cancer surgery (www.bresdex.com). He also collaborates closely with Dr. Richard Grol at the Scientific Institute for Quality of Healthcare (IQ Healthcare) at the Radboud University Medical Centre in Nijmegen in the Netherlands. Dr. Elwyn has published more than 165 peer-reviewed articles and coedits the book Shared Decision-Making in Health Care: Achieving Evidence-Based Patient Choice (2nd edition, Oxford University Press, 2009) with Dr. Edwards. Dr. Elwyn also is the author of Groups: A Guide to Small Group Work in Healthcare, Management, Education and Research (Radcliffe Medical Press, 2000), for which he received the Baxter Prize in 2001. In addition to this work, Dr. Elwyn coleads the International Patient Decision Aids Standards Collaboration and is the delegate of the Royal College of General Practitioners to the European Association of Quality Improvement (EQuiP). He also has previously been a member of the lead faculty at the Summer Institutes for Informed Patient Choice at Dartmouth College in New Hampshire.

Disclosures: nothing to disclose.

Brian S. Mittman, Ph.D., is Director of the (VA Center for Implementation Practice and Research Support (CIPRS) and Senior Social Scientist at the VA/UCLA/RAND Center for the Study of Healthcare Provider Behavior, which are part of the Veterans Affiars Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System. Previously, he served as the interim associate director of the Veterans Affairs Health Services Research and Development Service and lead the VA Quality Enhancement Research Initiative (QUERI). He also served as a visiting professor in the Department of Health Services at the UCLA School of Public Health and taught at the UCLA Anderson Graduate School of Management. Dr. Mittman is a cofounder and a coeditor-in-chief of the journal Implementation Science and is a consultant and member of the editorial board for the Health Care Innovations Exchange, a new initiative of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality to classify innovative strategies to increase implementation of evidence-based clinical practices and to enhance the efficiency and effectiveness of health-care delivery. He is a founding member of the Institute of Medicine Forum on the Science of Quality Improvement and Implementation and served and a member and chair of a National Institutes of Health Special Emphasis Panel on Dissemination and Implementation Research in Health. Dr. Mittman's research interests include implementation science, health-care quality improvement, and health-care management. His research is published in peer-reviewed and other journals, and he is a frequent speaker to national and international audiences on implementation research.

Disclosures: board membership – AHRQ Health Care Innovations Exchange editorial board.

Project Timeline

Translating Information Into Action: Improving Quality of Care Through Interactive Media (Eisenberg Center Conference Series 2009)

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Internet Citation: White Paper: Investing in Deliberation: Defining and Developing Decision Support Interventions for People Facing Difficult Health Decisions (Session III). Content last reviewed July 2019. Effective Health Care Program, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD.

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