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“The authors have presented a unique method of employing simple graphics, rather than pie charts or line graphs, or a slew of statistical data, to present an in-depth analysis of medical treatment. In simple language, they have demonstrated how their Benefit-Risk Characterization Theatre (BRCT), which is a 1,000-seater theatre, the benefits and risks of any medical intervention can be clearly displayed in a simple manner.  Policy makers as well the general population can benefit from this simple, easy-to-understand tool.  This will be especially useful in the current times when the entire world is struggling with the COVID-19 pandemic and no one really knows for sure how to tackle the situation.”

-Anmet Systems Editorial Staff

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This timely guide to communication in patient-centered medicine argues for greater clarity in explaining health risks versus benefits of an array of screening tests, procedures, and drug regimens. It reviews the growing trend toward patients' involvement in their own care, particularly in terms of chronic conditions, and details approaches physicians can use to prepare patients (and themselves) for collaborative decision-making based on informed choices and meaningful knowledge. Chapters apply this lens to a wide range of common interventions as contentious as estrogen replacement therapy and antibiotics, and as widely prescribed as the daily aspirin and the annual physical. With this goal in mind, the authors also introduce an innovative decision-making tool that translates risks and benefits into a clear, graphic format for fewer chances of miscommunication or misunderstanding.

 

Among the topics covered:

  • Involving the patient in decision making.

  • BRCT: the Benefit/Risk Characterization Theater.

  • Breast cancer screening—Mammograms.

  • Colon cancer screening with colonoscopy

  • Screening for and treating dementia

  • Prostate cancer screening.

  • Statins, cholesterol, and coronary heart disease.