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The Impact of Decision Aids in Hip & Knee Surgery

Investigators from Washington suggest using patient decision aids appears to reduce rates of elective surgery and lowers cost for some health conditions for which treatment decisions are highly sensitive to patient and physician preferences. Decisions aids were associated with 26% fewer hip replacements and 38% fewer knee replacements. They lowered costs between 12% and 20% over 6 months. Abstract: Health Affairs, September...
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