'Mazur explores the ways physicians can effectively discuss relevant information with their patients, using appropriate 'information messages,' being aware of the pitfalls of framing manipulations, and seeking to enhance both global and specific areas of understanding. In so doing, Dr. Mazur is showing how we can meet the requirements of modern consumerist health care and yet also maintain the essential and supportive qualities of physicians conversing with their patients.'-Adrian Edwards, University of Wales College of Medicine, Llanedeyrn Health Center
Dennis J. Mazur is professor of medicine at Oregon Health and Science University, senior scholar at the Center for Ethics in Health Care, and chairman on the Institutional Review Board at the Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Portland, Oregon.
Part 1 Part I. Key Points Needed for Better Communication Chapter 2 Chapter 1. Introduction Chapter 3 Chapter 2. Media, Science, Doctors, and Patients Chapter 4 Chapter 3. Basic Terms Chapter 5 Chapter 4. The Ethics of Scientific Communication: Its Interdisciplinary Nature Chapter 6 Chapter 5. Perspectives on Information and the Scientist, the Social Scientist, and the Philosopher Chapter 7 Chapter 6. The New Medical Conversation and the Scientific Information Message Chapter 8 Chapter 7. The Circumscription of Information by the Courts Chapter 9 Chapter 8. Expanded Senses of Information by Ethicists and a Psychiatrist Chapter 10 Chapter 9. Bioethicists' Respond to the Judicial Doctrine of Informed Consent Chapter 11 Chapter 10. Information, Cultures, and Caution Chapter 12 Chapter 11. What Has Been Learned in Research Studies about "Information" in the New Medical Conversation? Part 13 Part II. How Information Reaches Patients Chapter 14 Chapter 12. Complex Risk Information: Genetic Information and Future Generations Part 15 Part III. Communicating Risk-Benefit Information Today Chapter 16 Chapter 14. The Move toward Providing Patients with "More Information" of "Different Types" Chapter 17 Chapter 13. Truth and Bias in the Way Information is Presented Part 18 Part IV. Communicating Risk-Benefit Information in the Future Chapter 19 Chapter 15. Egalitarian Approaches to Information Chapter 20 Chapter 16. Research on Communication in the Patient-Physician Relationship Chapter 21 Chapter 17. The Longer Information Message: Toward a Fuller Understanding of the "Range of Information" Being Discussed Chapter 22 Chapter 18. Decision Support for Patients: It's Here, but What Is It, Why Is It Here, Whom Is It Supposed to Benefit, and Where Is It Going? Chapter 23 Chapter 19. Summary and Conclusions