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If Less Is More, Which Outcomes Should Be Presented in Facilitating Prostate Cancer Screening Decision Making?—Reply

Michael P. Pignone, MD, MPH1,2
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1Cecil G. Sheps Center for Health Services Research and Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
2Department of Medicine, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
JAMA Intern Med. 2013;173(17):1657. doi:10.1001/jamainternmed.2013.8132.
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In Reply Partin and Powell raise an important issue in decision making: what is the optimal amount and type of information that patients should consider in a decision support intervention? They suggest that 2 of the types of information we presented, information about risk of mortality from prostate cancer and information about the risks associated with treatment complications, are the most important, while the other 2 (risk of undergoing a biopsy as a result of screening and risk of being [over]diagnosed) seem less important to them.

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September 23, 2013
Melissa R. Partin, PhD; Adam A. Powell, PhD
1Minneapolis Veterans Affairs Health Care System, Center for Chronic Disease Outcomes Research, Minneapolis, Minnesota
JAMA Intern Med. 2013;173(17):1656-1657. doi:10.1001/jamainternmed.2013.8155.
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