Thursday, January 26, 2006

Stories & Decision Making

My husband recently started his doctorate. He's spent the past year or more reading articles on decision-making and visualization. Not visualization like imagery, but rather the visual display of information. A few days ago, he emailed me about an article that he was reading, that reminded him of Fertility Stories. (We do actually see each other too, it's just that he was at the university which is about 60 miles south of here.)

The article - "SUPPORTING INFORMED CONSUMER HEALTH CARE DECISIONS: Data Presentation Approaches that Facilitate the Use of Information in Choice" by Judith H. Hibbard and Ellen Peters (Annu. Rev. Public Health 2003. 24:413–33) discusses the information patients need when dealing with health care systems, in order to allow them to make informed decisions.

Interestingly, they found that, people who were provided with information in the form of a story were both able to better understand the situation and make better decisions as a result of this understanding.

So... if you're dealing with infertility - on to the stories :-) Enjoy.

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