This large single center study found 29% of patients wanted to participate in medical decision making, which was more likely in those highly educated and with private insurance. This preference was associated with a longer LOS (0.26 days) and higher cost ($865). This is the first study to link preference with medical decision making and utilization (abstract).
Dr. Scheurer is a clinical hospitalist and the Medical Director of Quality and Safety at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, South Carolina, and is Assistant Professor of Medicine. She is a graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Medicine, completed her residency at Duke University, and completed her Masters in Clinical Research at the Medical University of South Carolina. She also serves as the Web Editor and Physician Advisor for the Society of Hospital Medicine.