Margaret Holmes-Rovner to speak at Spectrum Health’s 2012 Ethics Conference

Spectrum Health’s one day conference, Honesty and Practice: The Ethics of Truth-telling, will provide sessions and networking opportunities designed to increase awareness and provide clinicians from all disciplines strategies to support ethical care in a variety of settings.

The Center for Ethics and Department of Medicine faculty member, Margaret Holmes-Rovner, will be speaking during the afternoon breakout sessions on the topic of patient decision-making. Dr. Holmes-Rovner’s research has contributed substantially to establishing the field of patient-provider shared decision-making in health care.

The event will take place on Friday, September 14  from 8:30 am – 4:30 pm at the Prince Center at Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Additional information and registration is available on the event flyer: Spectrum EthicsConferenceRegistrationForm.

Grant awarded for “Clinical Communication Following a Decision Aid” project

Margaret Holmes-Rovner, PhD, was recently awarded a grant through the Agency for Healthcare Research Quality (AHRQ) for her project: Clinical Communication Following a Decision Aid.

The project will focus on a particularly difficult area of shared decision-making by looking at doctor-patient interactions for patients who have been diagnosed with prostate cancer. Deciding on prostate cancer treatment is troubling and controversial, because data does not consistently show any treatment that improves overall survival, and there are large differences in side effects. The project will analyze audio recordings of doctor visits and patient surveys collected in a previous study to 1) better understand how doctors and patients decide on treatment when patients are well-informed and 2) to evaluate the impact of the amount of shared decision-making in the doctor visit on patients’ decisions.