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Patient Engagement in Cost Effectiveness Research

Cost effectiveness research aims to determine if the benefits of a treatment outweigh the cost.  But which benefits should be included?  How should we weight improvements in different outcomes?  What data and methods need to be used to measure benefits and costs? These are questions that academics typically think of as within the domain of […]

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What questions should you ask your doctor?

Last night I saw an encore presentation of an interview with Jerome Groopman on the Newshour with Jim Lehrer. I have written posts in the past about Dr. Groopman (see 16 March 2007). Dr. Groopman notes that doctors often misdiagnose patients. Physicians are often anchored to a prior belief and have trouble changing their diagnosis […]

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