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A Model For Getting Patients Involved In Treatment Decisions

Rose Gutierrez, who was diagnosed with breast cancer last spring, had surgery and 10 weeks of chemotherapy. But the cancer is still there. In this photo, she waits to be examined by plastic surgeon Robert Foster and Dr. Jasmine Wong. (Heidi de Marco/Kaiser Health News).
Rose Gutierrez, who was diagnosed with breast cancer last spring, had surgery and 10 weeks of chemotherapy. But the cancer is still there. In this photo, she waits to be examined by plastic surgeon Robert Foster and Dr. Jasmine Wong. (Heidi de Marco/Kaiser Health News).

When patients face decisions about their medical care, research shows doctors don’t always fully explain their options or ask their preferences.

At the University of California San Francisco Medical Center, there’s an innovative program that engages patients in their own care and helps them collaborate with doctors to choose the best treatment.

It’s becoming a model for other centers around the nation. Anna Gorman of Kaiser Health News explains how it works.

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