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May 10, 2000

How Should Physicians Involve Patients in Medical Decisions?

Author Affiliations

Phil B.FontanarosaMD, Deputy EditorIndividualAuthorStephen J.LurieMD, PhD, Contributing EditorIndividualAuthor

JAMA. 2000;283(18):2390-2392. doi:10.1001/jama.283.18.2387

To the Editor: Dr Braddock and colleagues1 have expanded the literature on informed decision making by highlighting the importance of the complexity of the decisions and how this should guide the discussion between patient and physician. Missing from their framework, however, is the issue of patients' expectations for involvement in decision making, although the patients' role in decision making is included in the study's conceptual framework.