This program theme is led by Dr. Angie Fagerlin, an Associate Professor of Medicine, Adjunct Associate 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:
- Risk communication and perception (Angie Fagerlin; Scott Roberts; Beth Tarini; Brian Zikmund-Fisher)
- Health communication and education (Angie Fagerlin; Scott Roberts; Brian Zikmund-Fisher)
- Development and testing of decision aids/patient education materials (Angie Fagerlin; Brian Zikmund-Fisher)
- Visualization and contextualization of risk and health data (Angie Fagerlin, Brian Zikmund-Fisher)
- Communication of genomic risk information (Angie Fagerlin; Scott Roberts; Beth Tarini; Brian Zikmund-Fisher)
- Numeracy and literacy (Angie Fagerlin; Brian Zikmund-Fisher)
- Utility and survey methods (Melissa Constantine; Mick Couper; Brian Zikmund-Fisher)
- Patient decision making (Angie Fagerlin; Reshma Jagsi; Beth Tarini; Michael Volk; Brian Zikmund-Fisher)
- Patient-physician communication (Angie Fagerlin)