The use of video-based patient education for shared decision-making in the treatment of prostate cancer

L. G. Gomella, P. C. Albertsen, M. C. Benson, J. D. Forman, M. S. Soloway

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Increased consumerism, patient empowerment, and autonomy are creating a health care revolution. In recent years, the public has become better informed and more sophisticated. An extraordinary amount of treatment advice from books, the media, and the Internet is available to patients today, although much of it is confusing or conflicting. Consequently, the traditional, paternalistic doctor-patient relationship is yielding to a more consumerist one. The new dynamic is based on a participatory ethic and a change in the balance of power. This shared decision-making creates a true partnership between professionals and patients, in which each contributes equally to decisions about treatment or care. Evidence suggests that in diseases such as prostate cancer, where there may be a number of appropriate treatment options for a particular patient, shared decision-making may lead to improved clinical and quality-of-life outcomes. This article explores the evolving relationship between the physician and patient, the pros and cons of shared decision-making, and the use of video technology in the clinical setting. The authors review the use of medical decision aids, including a video-based educational program called CHOICES(TM), in the treatment of prostate cancer and other diseases. Copyright (C) 2000 by W.B. Saunders Company.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)182-187
Number of pages6
JournalSeminars in Urologic Oncology
Issue number3
StatePublished - 2000
Externally publishedYes


  • Decision aids
  • Patient education
  • Prostate cancer
  • Shared decision-making
  • Video

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Urology


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