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:1/16/2017)... ... 17, 2017 , ... Recently, patients and staff from A Forever Recovery, a ... organizations in support of the annual Binder Park Zoo Halloween celebration known as the ... costumes of all designs coming out to enjoy games, face painting, and lots and ...
(Date:1/16/2017)... ... January 16, 2017 , ... Anybody who may be looking for ... new video released by Serenity Recovery, a holistic treatment center for addiction located in ... features footage and testimonials from patients and staff that visited the 2016 Recovery Palooza ...
(Date:1/16/2017)... (PRWEB) , ... January 16, 2017 , ... ... announce their recent partnership with an innovator in the wheelchair accessibility industry, ... motivate their dealer salespeople to sell wheelchair accessible vehicles. With this new incentive ...
(Date:1/16/2017)... ... January 16, 2017 , ... One thing common to all types ... to test for, as well. The money spent screening for and treating cancer in ... U.S. screen patients for cancer more than in any other country that has an ...
(Date:1/15/2017)... Ohio (PRWEB) , ... January 15, 2017 , ... ... applications, Gensuite’s Community Outreach is a program that strives to better communities around ... each global locations’ community. It also provides the opportunity for team members to ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:1/16/2017)... Linde Gas North America LLC  today announced that it ... The Service Center LLC, a market leading provider of medical ... the Midwest and Southeast regions of the U.S. ... Service Center also has facilities in Southfield, Michigan ... Its primary services include: Medical oxygen ...
(Date:1/16/2017)... , Jan. 16, 2017  Rigel Pharmaceuticals (Nasdaq: ... 2017 and January 16, 2017 the Compensation Committee of ... stock options to purchase an aggregate of 214,000 shares ... were granted pursuant to the Rigel Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Inducement ... new employees entering into employment with Rigel, in accordance ...
(Date:1/15/2017)... Le conseil d,administration de SurgaColl Technologies ... pour la régénération de tissus humains, annonce la nomination de ... avec effet immédiat. ... Bill est un dirigeant expérimenté à l,international dans ... gestion générale et de direction au sein de sociétés internationales ...
Breaking Medicine Technology:
Cached News: