HOME >> MEDICINE >> NEWS
Vaccinate or not? Treat or not? Study looks at tricky health decisions

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- If a deadly bird flu reaches America, which would you choose: Would you get a risky experimental vaccine now, or forego that risk but face an even greater risk of dying in the epidemic? What would you choose for your child? What if you were in charge of public health for your community?

A new study probes how we make such tricky decisions, and how our decisions might change dramatically if we step back and put ourselves in the shoes of others.

The findings may help individuals who face tough health choices, and decision makers who make choices for larger groups. It may also help illuminate situations where individuals make medical decisions that go against the advice from experts and authorities, and help guide doctors in advising patients.

In the June issue of the Journal of General Internal Medicine, a team from the University of Michigan Medical School and the Veterans Affairs Ann Arbor Healthcare System report the results of a medical decision making study involving nearly 2,400 people of all ages and backgrounds who completed extensive online questionnaires.

Study participants were first randomly divided into four groups. People in one group of participants were asked to imagine themselves as patients in two different medical scenarios -- an experimental vaccine against a deadly flu and chemotherapy for a slow-growing cancer -- and asked to choose either to get the medical option or to take their chances without it. Each of the options carried risks and benefits, though the statistically better choice in each scenario was to get the vaccine or chemotherapy.

The remaining three groups of participants also read the same medical scenarios, but they were asked to think about the problem from different perspectives. One group put themselves in the shoes of a doctor advising a patient, another took the role of a parent deciding for a child, and a third group imagined being a medical director of a hospital
'"/>

Contact: Kara Gavin
kegavin@umich.edu
734-764-2220
University of Michigan Health System
31-May-2006


Page: 1 2 3 4

Related medicine news :

1. Vaccinated adults less likely to die from pneumonia
2. Vaccinate infants of hepatitis B mothers, say experts
3. Treatment for early prostate cancer associated with type of specialist seen
4. Treatment outcomes of patients with HIV and tuberculosis
5. Treating HIV in war zones -- Public health emergencies need rapid advice from WHO
6. Treatment of kidney condition requires an individualized approach
7. Treatment of in-hospital cardiac patients is focus of Jefferson University presentations
8. Treatment for homeless youth pays off in long run, study finds
9. Treating prostate cancer in elderly men associated with longer survival, compared to non-treatment
10. AASM position statement: Treating insomnia with over-the-counter sleep aids, herbal supplements
11. Treatment discovered for deadly childhood disease

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


(Date:2/9/2016)... ... February 09, 2016 , ... ... guide will ensure lab personnel have a basic understanding of the techniques they ... protocols. Enhanced understanding will help them reduce waste and rework to create a ...
(Date:2/9/2016)... ... February 09, 2016 , ... Two renowned photographers, Robert Caplin ... photographic adventure on the island, June 14-19, 2016, hosted by Four Seasons Resort Maui ... , After a successful debut in 2015, the Maui Photo Expedition workshop ...
(Date:2/9/2016)... ... 2016 , ... Sir Grout, the leading hard surface restoration, ... that many of their franchises have received the Super Service Award from Angie's ... received customer recognition through positive reviews and testimonials, as well as evaluations from ...
(Date:2/9/2016)... ... ... Shark Finds and Kevin Harrington, and the Product Managers of AsSeenOnTV.pro are pleased to ... patented product that has solved some of the basic problems golfers have faced since the ... right after a rain shower, might understand the struggle of placing the club down for ...
(Date:2/8/2016)... ... 2016 , ... CURE Media Group , the nation’s leading digital and ... Heroes Awards event , which will annually honor individuals making heroic contributions in the ... MM Heroes Awards nomination process is officially open through February 17 for ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:2/9/2016)...  Insulet Corporation (NASDAQ: PODD ) (Insulet or the ... with its OmniPod ® Insulin Management System, ... appointed to Insulet,s Board of Directors. With his appointment, the ... are independent. --> --> ... experience and a deep knowledge of accounting, financial reporting and ...
(Date:2/9/2016)... -- Sangamo BioSciences, Inc. (NASDAQ: SGMO ), the ... fourth quarter and full year 2015 financial results ... genome editing," said Edward Lanphier, Sangamo,s president and ... technology leads the therapeutic genome editing field and ... move our ground-breaking genome editing programs through IND ...
(Date:2/9/2016)... 2016  Jazz Pharmaceuticals plc (Nasdaq: JAZZ ) ... quarter and full year financial results on Tuesday, February ... Company management will host a live audio webcast immediately ... to discuss fourth quarter and full year 2015 financial ... guidance for 2016 financial results. www.jazzpharmaceuticals.com .  ...
Breaking Medicine Technology:
Cached News: