Program in Health Communication and Decision Making

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This program theme is led by Dr. Angie Fagerlin, Professor of Medicine, Adjunct Professor of Psychology and Research Scientist at the VA Ann Arbor Center for Clinical Management Research, as well as one of the Co-Directors of the CBSSM. This research is addressed using techniques from basic and applied research. First, basic psychological and behavioral economics research methods are used to determine the best practices for communicating health information to patients. After extensive testing in non-patient populations, these methods are then tested in appropriate patient populations.

As part of this program, the Program in Health Communication and Decision Making (PIHCD) Working Group explores topics related to understanding and improving patient decision making about medical issues. 

Research that falls within this programmatic area includes topics such as: