National Survey of Medical Decisions Update

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Mick Couper, PhD, and Brian Zikmund-Fisher, PhD, have received additional funding from the Foundation for Informed Medical Decision Making for continuing analysis of their groundbreaking National Surveyof Medical Decisions. This telephone survey of 3,010 English-speaking adultsover the age of 40 targeted decisions related to nine issues: hypertensionmedication, hypercholesterolemia medication, depression medication, colorectal cancer screening, breast cancer screening, prostate cancer screening, knee/hip replacement surgery, cataract surgery, and surgery for lower back pain. Drs.Couper and Zikmund-Fisher seek to clarify how details of patients' decision-making processes might vary across a variety of conditions.