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Shared Decision Making

Should Health Care Providers Be Afraid of the 'Nocebo' Effect?

Matthew D. Erlich, M.D. | Posted 01.29.2012 | Healthy Living
Matthew D. Erlich, M.D.

While some negative outcomes have nothing to do with patient expectations (adverse events are known risks with all treatments), the "nocebo effect" is especially pernicious because it can contaminate good care and is preventable.

The Fine Line Between Shared and Manipulated Medical Decisions

Michael L. Millenson | Posted 01.11.2012 | Business
Michael L. Millenson

Are hard-edged smoking cessation or weight loss programs justified because they help keep down everyone's insurance costs? What is the balance between personal freedom and societal obligations?

When Can Making Medical Decisions Be Hazardous To Your Health?

Matthew D. Erlich, M.D. | Posted 12.12.2011 | Healthy Living
Matthew D. Erlich, M.D.

A doctor's decision-making abilities may be related to the time of day. Making decisions seems highly affected by what social psychologists call "decision fatigue."