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Michigan Asks: Are Patients Making Cost-Effective Treatment Decisions?

Recent studies have suggested that an informed patient will be less likely to choose a more-extensive treatment than what the doctor recommends. But Dr. Steven J. Katz, professor of internal medicine at the University of Michigan Medical School and professor of health management and policy at the University of Michigan School of Public Health, and co-author Dr. Sarah Hawley, associate professor in the division of general medicine at the University of Michigan School of Medicine, believe that is not necessarily the case. In fact, some studies have suggested that more patient involvement in decisions may result in more extensive treatment. In a commentary published in JAMA this week, Dr. Katz and Dr. Hawley note that treatment decisions should be a partnership between doctor and patient.