Category Archives: Critical Decisions

Review of Critical Decisions

“Revolutions are often fought over dichotomies—the king versus the people, the bourgeoisie versus the proletariat, and, of course, the autonomous patient versus the paternalistic doctor.” So observes Peter Ubel in the conclusion of Critical Decisions: How You and Your Doctor … Continue reading

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New Review of Critical Decisions

The book Critical Decisions: How You and Your Doctor Can Make the Right Medical Choices Together by Peter A. Ubel, MD effectively makes the case that good medical decisions require empowered patients, clinicians prepared to support them and techniques to help … Continue reading

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Physicians and Patients Make Best Decisions Together

Imagine yourself in this patient’s situation. You have just found out you have cancer, and the next phrase out of your doctor’s mouth is “You’re going to die with this cancer rather than of this cancer.” Which word do you … Continue reading

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Me, the Writer's Manual?

Here is a link to my guest spot on You, The Owner’s Manual radio show, hosted by New York Times best-selling author Dr. Michael Roizen. It is a lively interview, worth listening to if for no other reason than Roizen’s … Continue reading

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Video Introduction to Critical Decisions

Here is my latest Critical Decisions video. This one gives a broad introduction to the reasons I wrote the book.

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Marketplace Interview with Tess Vigeland

I had the great pleasure of speaking with Tess Vigeland, host of Marketplace Money. We discussed my book Critical Decisions in the context of what shared decision making means about patients paying attention to the cost of their medical care. … Continue reading

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Lost in Translation

Here is a short video introducing one of the themes of Critical Decisions: the challenge of making shared decisions when physicians unwittingly deluge their patients with too much jargon laden information. Feel free to forward the link to your friends.

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Critical Decision Excerpt

If you want a sneak peak at Critical Decisions, my Aussie publisher has an excerpt up on its website. And you get to see their cover design too. Here is a link to the excerpt. It is from the prologue. … Continue reading

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Discussing Critical Decisions with Tavis Smiley

I recently had the pleasure of discussing my book with Tavis Smiley on his wonderful PBS television show. As you will see, we had some fun back and forth, while still covering some pretty fundamental ground about how to help … Continue reading

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3 Tips to Get to Know Your Doctor

Here is a USA Weekend piece on the type of advice I give in Critical Decisions – how to make stronger connections with your doctor.

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