Shared Decision Making and Preference-Sensitive Conditions
To get the best care, it helps if you and your doctor make decisions together. The process is called “shared decision making.” This article suggests ways to talk to your doctor about three common health problems where there may be no clear, “right” option. They are uterine fibroids, type 2 diabetes and slow-growing prostate cancer. These are examples of preference-sensitive conditions.
Uterine fibroids are tumors that grow in the wall of the uterus (or womb). They’re usually noncancerous.
Questions to ask your doctor. Some key questions include how many fibroids you have, what are their size and where they’re located.
Type 2 Diabetes
Type 2 diabetes is the most common type of diabetes. It’s more common in adults.
Questions to ask your doctor. One key question is how to control your diet and lifestyle in a healthy way. It’s also important to find out your goals for your blood sugar levels and how often you should check them. If your doctor has prescribed you insulin or other medication, you also may want to find out about side effects.
Slow-Growing Prostate Cancer
Some doctors describe prostate cancer as “slow growing” if it’s found only in the prostate and is likely to grow only very slowly or not at all.
Questions to ask your doctor. Some questions include finding out if early detection leads to better outcomes and what symptoms to look out for if you do have any.
Decision aids are tools used in shared decision making to show you different medical treatment choices for your health problem. Thanks to a grant from the New York State Health Foundation, we’ll be featuring decision aids with clinical and cost information for uterine fibroids, type 2 diabetes and slow-growing prostate cancer on our consumer website in spring 2022.