When Less Is More: Weighing the Risks and Benefits of Care

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When Less Is More: Weighing the Risks and Benefits of Care
Calendar09 March 2015

As enrollment in consumer-directed health plans increases, there’s a lot of focus on empowering employees with price and quality information to help them choose a cost-effective provider. But new research shows employees could also use help earlier in the process, before they decide what type of care to seek. This article from The New York Times summarizes the results of a systematic review that found the majority of patients overestimate the benefits and underestimate the risks of a treatment. Correcting these perceptions could affect the treatment decisions patients make. Providing employees with access to a decision-support program that assists in determining the type and amount of treatment to receive could be a win-win for both employers and employees.

Go to full article: nytimes.com

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