Letters Treatment decision aids and healthcare costs

Delivery of patient centred care in routine practice requires a whole system change

BMJ 2014; 348 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.g2009 (Published 10 March 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;348:g2009
  1. Nigel Mathers, professor of primary medical care1,
  2. Chirk Jenn Ng, professor of primary care2
  1. 1Academic Unit of Primary Medical Care, Northern General Hospital, University of Sheffield, Sheffield S10 2TH, UK
  2. 2Department of Primary Care Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
  1. n.mathers{at}sheffield.ac.uk

Walsh and colleagues’ systematic review found no evidence that the use of patient decision aids saves costs.1 The accompanying editorial by Katz concluded that there is “no compelling reason to prioritise research on the potential role of patient decision support in reducing budgets.”2 We agree that these areas should not be a top priority for research into …

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