Preference-Sensitive Decision Making in Cancer Care

This talk will provide an overview of preference-sensitive decisions related to cancer screening and treatment. The link between preference-sensitive decisions and informed/shared decision making will be described. Finally, challenges to incorporating patients' preferences into medical decision making will be discussed, and examples of interventions will be provided.

About the Speaker

Sarah T. Hawley, PhD, MPH

Sarah Hawley, PhD, MPH, is an Associate Professor in the Division of General Medicine at the University of Michigan, and a Research Investigator at the Ann Arbor VA Health Services Research and Development Center of Excellence.

Dr. Hawley's primary research is in decision making related to cancer prevention and control, particularly among racial/ethnic minority and underserved populations. She has a specific focus on understanding the role of patient preferences and patient-physician communication in use of screening and treatment services and in reducing health disparities.

Dr. Hawley's current research projects focus on understanding breast cancer treatment decision making among racial/ethnic minority women, and in evaluating the impact of a preference-tailored decision aid for increasing colon cancer screening in diverse primary care patients.

Dr. Hawley now serves as the Co-Director of CHCR.