HOME >> MEDICINE >> NEWS
The 'roulette wheel': A new tool to help patients make difficult treatment decisions

Researchers at the University of California have developed an innovative new visual tool to help patients decide among different treatment options.

The new tool, described in PLoS Medicine, presents the risks and benefits of these different options in the form of a roulette wheel. The patient spins the wheel, and can then directly visualize the chances of a particular treatment leading to benefit or harm.

The researchers, led by Jerome Hoffman, show how the roulette wheel could help a healthy 65-year old man decide whether or not to be screened for prostate cancer (the screening test is a blood test called the PSA).

By spinning the roulette wheel, the man sees that if he decides to get a PSA test, he may slightly lower his risk of dying from prostate cancer but he also greatly increases the chances of becoming incontinent and/or impotent from prostate cancer treatment. The roulette wheel shows him that his chances of developing symptoms of prostate cancer are very small, whether or not he gets screened.

"Shared decision making has largely been adopted as an ideal way for physicians and patients to join together whenever there are decisions that need to be made about management of health care issues," say the researchers.

But one of the problems with shared decision making, they say, is that physicians have traditionally presented the risks and benefits of different treatments in the form of numbers, which many people have trouble understanding. "It is hard for anyone to comprehend the difference between a 7% chance and an 8% chance," they say, "and this is exacerbated when we try to deal in more extreme probabilities, such as 3 in 10,000."

The researchers believe that the roulette wheel could be an important advance in shared decision making because patients are offered visual--rather than numerical--displays of the probability of benefits and harms.


'"/>

Contact: Andrew Hyde
ahyde@plos.org
44-122-346-3330
Public Library of Science
12-Jun-2006


Page: 1

Related medicine news :

1. Fluctuating eye pressure associated with visual field deterioration in glaucoma patients
2. Comparison of obstetric outcomes between on-call and patients own obstetricians
3. Researchers find vitamin B1 deficiency key to vascular problems for diabetic patients
4. Stem cell transplantation procedure results in long-term survival for amyloidosis patients
5. Happier hospitals means healthier patients
6. Many heart attack patients still not getting emergency clot-busting treatment
7. HealthGrades study: Bariatric surgery patients have fewer complications at high-volume hospitals
8. 6 out of 10 doctors arent frustrated that patients cant lower cholesterol
9. Program announced to improve care in developing areas for patients with blood disorders
10. When minority patients have insurance and a medical home, their health care improves
11. Intensive-care patients with alcohol problems are more likely to require mechanical ventilation

Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:


(Date:2/9/2016)... (PRWEB) , ... February 09, 2016 , ... Steven Douglas ... Taste of South Florida Event, an upscale fundraiser held in South Florida. The Inaugural ... and guests alike. This year the event will be held in a new, more ...
(Date:2/9/2016)... ... February 09, 2016 , ... URise Products announces ... mobility device, the StandUp Walker. Made entirely in the USA, the StandUp Walker ... years. , StandUp Walker’s novel patent-pending design offers 2-in-1 benefits of a ...
(Date:2/9/2016)... ... February 09, 2016 , ... BioPlus ... the continuation of the ‘Pay It Forward’ program into 2016. BioPlus partners with ... our specialty pharmacy. , “Since our Pay It Forward program began, we ...
(Date:2/9/2016)... Milwaukee, WI (PRWEB) , ... February 09, 2016 ... ... Bon-Ton, Bergner’s, Boston Store, Carson’s, Elder-Beerman, Herberger’s and Younkers department stores, announced it ... Medical College of Wisconsin Cancer Center, Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University ...
(Date:2/9/2016)... Florida (PRWEB) , ... February 09, 2016 , ... ... cold therapy products, announced today the introduction of the newly designed, innovative shoulder ... comfort and better cold therapy coverage for the injured arm and shoulder to ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:2/9/2016)...  Sangamo BioSciences, Inc. (NASDAQ: SGMO ), ... its fourth quarter and full year 2015 financial ... therapeutic genome editing," said Edward Lanphier, Sangamo,s president ... (ZFN) technology leads the therapeutic genome editing field ... to move our ground-breaking genome editing programs through ...
(Date:2/9/2016)... -- Jazz Pharmaceuticals plc (Nasdaq: JAZZ ) today announced ... full year financial results on Tuesday, February 23, 2016, ... will host a live audio webcast immediately following the ... fourth quarter and full year 2015 financial results and ... 2016 financial results. www.jazzpharmaceuticals.com .  Please connect ...
(Date:2/9/2016)... Sciences Ltd. (NYSE:  AXON), a leading clinical-stage biopharmaceutical ... announced further details of three new clinical trials ... Lewy body dementia, a disease affecting approximately 1.4 ... the three studies were recently initiated and the ... In addition, the Company reported financial results for ...
Breaking Medicine Technology:
Cached News: