Date: 04/08/2005

Angela Fagerlin, PhD

Guide to Decide

Stream Seminar

Testing the Impact of a Decision Aid on Patient-Physician Communication and Decision Making: A brainstorming session

This talk will signal a change in the format of some of our monthly talks. We will begin incorporating some brainstorming sessions, which will allow investigators to get feedback on projects that are related to the Center. In this first brainstorming session, Angie will describe her grant proposal where she intends to test the effectiveness of a low literacy decision for prostate cancer against standard care. She will evaluate the decision aid in terms of it's ability to facilitate patient-physician communication and in improving the decision making process.

About the Speaker

Angela Fagerlin, PhD

Angela Fagerlin, PhD, is Co-Director of the Center for Bioethics and Social Sciences in Medicine and Professor of Medicine at the University of Michigan. Dr. Fagerlin is also a Research Scientist at the VA Ann Arbor Center for Clinical Management Research. Her primary research focuses are testing methods for communicating the risks and benefits of treatment to patients (e.g., in decision aids) and testing how patient decision aids can affect patient physician communication. Her other research includes studying cognitive biases involved in medical decision making and the use of living wills at the end of life.