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  • Annotated Bibliography of Shared Medical Decision Making

  • Time Magazine February 22, 2010. "Time Health" (Special Issue) How to live 100 years -- Lab Report -- The Map -- The Cost -- The Diet -- Dr.Oz

  • Hospital Stays May Spur Brain Decline in Seniors Those admitted more likely to develop dementia than non-hospitalized, study finds, Business Week 23 Feb 2010

  • Medical Decision Making (Journal - SAGE)
    • Online First [by which forthcoming articles are published online before they are scheduled to appear in print]

  • Allison Arthur, Health care: Hospital CEO sees workforce shortage as looming issue PT Leader, 8/5/2009 6:00:00 AM

  • Cain, Mary M., Robert Mittman, Jane Sarasohn-Kahn, and Jennifer C.Wayne. Health e-People: The Online Consumer Experience. Oakland, CA: Institute for the Future, California Health Care Foundation, 2000.

  • Conte, Christopher Networking for Better Care: Health Care in the Information Age. Jean Smith and Rachel Anderson, eds.Benton Foundation, 1999.

  • Joyce Dijs-Elsinga, PhD*, Wilma Otten, Martine M. Versluijs, Harm J. Smeets, Job Kievit, MD, PhD, Robbert Vree, Wendeline J. van der Made, and Perla J. Marang-van de Mheen, PhD , Choosing a Hospital for Surgery: The Importance of Information on Quality of Care Medical Decision Making: First published on January 28, 2010 [Abstract] Objective: To assess whether patients use information on quality of care when choosing a hospital for surgery compared with more general hospital information.

  • Eysenbach, Gunther. "Consumer health informatics" BMJ 2000;320:1713-1716 ( 24 June ) Unit for Cybermedicine, Department of [Clinical Social Medicine, University of Heidelberg] "...there is an increasing interest in reaching consumers and patients directly through computers and telecommunications systems. Consumer health informatics is the branch of medical informatics that analyses consumers' needs for information; studies and implements methods of making information accessible to consumers; and models and integrates consumers' preferences into medical information systems..."

  • Golant, Stephen M., The Residential Location and Spatial Behavior of the Elderly: A Canadian Example. Distributed for the Committee on Geographical Studies. xv, 226 p. 1972 Series: (GRP) University of Chicago Geography Research Papers, No.143.

  • Goldsmith, Jeff. The Internet and Managed Care: A New Wave of Information. Health Affairs 19(6):4256, 2000.

  • Kassirer, Jerome P. Patients, Physicians, And The Internet. Health Affairs 19(6):11523, 2000.

  • Kleinke, J.D. The Failed Promise of the Health Care Internet. Health Affairs 19(6):57 71, 2000.

  • Lorence, D. and H. Park Group disparities and health information: a study of online access for the underserved, Health Informatics Journal, March 1, 2008; 14(1): 29 - 38. [Abstract] [PDF] ... Access to information ... is now an essential part of consumer-centric healthcare management. To date little research has been done to differentiate levels of health information access on the Web by different subgroups, linking online socioeconomic characteristics and health seeking behaviors..."

  • McDonald, Clement J. Need For Standards In Health Information. Health Affairs 17(6):446, 1998.

  • Mayer, M. A., Karkaletsis, V., Archer, P., Ruiz, P., Stamatakis, K., Leis, A. (2006). Quality labelling of medical web content. Health Informatics Journal 12: 81-87 [Abstract] "As the number of medical websites in various languages increases, it is increasingly necessary to establish specific criteria and control measures that give consumers some guarantee that the health websites they are visiting meet a minimum level of quality standards. Further, reassurance is needed that the professionals offering the information are suitably qualified..." [Source]

  • Moran, Donald W. Health Information Policy: On Preparing For The Next War. Health Affairs 17(6):922, 1998.

  • A.M.O'Connor and M.J.Jacobsen, Decisional Conflicts: Supporting People Experiencing Uncertainty about Options Affecting their Health [PDF monograph on the Internet]. Ottawa: Ottawa Health Decision Centre; 2007.]

  • Pillemer, Karl Lessons for Living: Tried and True Advice from the Wisest Americans (Google eBook) Penguin 2011. Chapter I (Preview Book costs about $12 as Ebook.
    "For five years, Karl Pillemer sat down with more than 1,000 older Americans-most of them between the ages of 70 and 100-to talk about lessons for living well. In the resulting book, 30 Lessons for Living: Tried and True Advice From the Wisest Americans,... Pillemer, a gerontologist at Cornell, has culled 30 life lessons from his "experts," ranging from the practical to the profound. How to raise children? How to think about dying? Think of this book as 1,000 borrowed grandparents weighing in on life's various challenges. A salty pragmatism runs throughout." The Daily Beast

  • Rochman, Bonnie When Patients Share Medical Data Online Time Magazine, Monday, Feb. 08, 2010 "Thousands of patients ... are learning as much online and from one another as they are from their doctors. These laypeople are banding together and starting websites to help figure out which practitioners to see and which hospitals to avoid, which clinical trials show promise and which experimental treatments are bunk...."

  • Sedlar, Jeri and Rick Miners. Don't Retire, Rewire! 5 Steps to Fulfilling Work that Fuels your Passion, Suits your Personality or Fills your Pocket. Alpha/Pearson, 2003.

  • Laura A. Stokowski RN, MS Healthcare Anywhere: The Pledge of Telehealth MedscapeToday, Oct 30, 2008 "...Forward-thinking healthcare providers are turning to digital solutions not only to cope with the anticipated surge in patients with chronic diseases, but also to shift the focus of healthcare to prevention, saving money by keeping patients at home and out of the hospital.... Geography is no longer a barrier to care, and healthcare is increasingly accessible to the medically underserved in rural or remote areas of the country..."

  • Sullivan, Patrick J., "Help for hearts: Ludlow, EJFR medics have rare 'clot buster' power for heart attack patients," in: The Port Townsend Leader6/24/2009

  • Howard Waitzkin & John D. Stoeckle Information control and the micropolitics of health care: Summary of an ongoing research project "...Information transmittal is closely related to the clinical problems of history taking, medical records, compliance, satisfaction, physiologic response to therapy and patient delay in reporting symptoms.
    The sociological considerations guiding the research are summarized under four headings: (1) the problems of uncertainty and power; (2) the definition of information; (3) sociolinguistics and the diffidence of the sick poor; and (4) ethnomethodology and common-sense constructs. The doctor-patient relationship is viewed as a micropolitical situation, in which information control is used, at least in part, to maintain patterns of dominance and subordination.

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