Salzburg Global Seminar Vice-President of Program Operations, John Lotherington, moderates a Q & A session to introduce the second in a series of conferences focusing on healthcare issues.
This 477th Salzburg Global Seminar session was entitled, "The Greatest Untapped Resource in Healthcare? Informing and Involving Patients in Decisions about Their Medical Care", brought together 56 participants, from 19 countries, including physicians, administrators, journalists, patients, law professionals, and others.
They met in the historic Schloss Leopoldskron, in Salzburg, Austria, to discussed a wide range of topics related to shared decision making in healthcare. The series continues in September 2011, with a conference focusing on innovation in health and healthcare.
Topics addressed in this video, include:
Why has it taken so long for patient/provider shared decision making to take off?
In light of the recent concerns about practice variation, what are the barriers to be overcome in order to see benefits of shared decision making pay off?
How do the diagnoses and treatment of "one off" illnesses, differ from the long term management of chronic conditions, in terms of shared decision making?
Why the concept of shared decision making is preferable to informed decision making?
How can non-technical patients participate effectively in shared decision making?
The importance for doctors to accurately process patient specific variables when suggesting an optimal course of treatment.
Michael Barry became the president of the Foundation for Informed Medical Decision Making in 2009. He has been involved with the Foundation since its beginning and previously served as chief medical editor.
He is a past president of the Society for Medical Decision-Making (SMDM) and the Society of General Internal Medicine. His research interests have included defining the outcomes of different strategies for the evaluation and treatment of prostate disease, decision analysis, health status measurement, clinical quality improvement, and the use of decision aids to facilitate patients' participation in decision making.
He continues to practice primary care and serves as medical director of the John D. Stoeckle Center for Primary Care Innovation at the Massachusetts General Hospital, and professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School.
John Lotherington is the Salzburg Global Seminar's Vice-President for Program Operations. Prior to that he was director of the 21st Century Trust in London. He began his career in history education and maintains an interest in that area.
His publications, as editor and author, include The Communications Revolution (Ankara: Medcampus, 1995); Years of Renewal: European History 1470-1600 (London: Hodder & Stoughton, 2nd ed. 1999); The Seven Ages of Life (London: Centre for Reform, 2002); The Tudor Years (London: Hodder & Stoughton, 2nd ed. 2003); and introductions to The Florentine Histories by Niccola Machiavelli (New York: Barnes & Noble, 2004) and The Book of the Courtier by Baldassare Castiglione (New York: Barnes & Noble, 2005).
He is a trustee of the Foundation for Democracy and Sustainable Development, and a Fellow of Goodenough College, London.
Albert Mulley is director of the Dartmouth Center for Health Care Delivery Science. He was previously the founding chief of the general medicine division at Massachusetts General Hospital and associate professor of medicine
and health policy at Harvard Medical School.
He graduated from Dartmouth College and was awarded doctor of medicine and master in public policy degrees from Harvard. His work and research has influenced the agendas of many public and private organizations engaged in clinical care as well as medical research and education in North America, Europe and Asia.