Evidence-based health care from the consumer’s point of view Presented by: Kristin L. Carman, Ph.D. Presented to: Academy for Health Services Research Annual Meeting, Orlando, FL, June 2007. Project team and funding. American Institutes for Research Kristin L. Carman, PhD, Project Director
Evidence-based health care from the consumer’s point of viewPresented by:Kristin L. Carman, Ph.D.Presented to:Academy for Health Services Research Annual Meeting, Orlando, FL, June 2007
THEME # 1 - Comprehension
Consumers struggle to figure out what is meant by “evidence-based medicine”
Who decides what is “good” evidence?
Where does evidence come from?
Who decides when and how guidelines should be applied?
What are “guidelines” or “best practices”?
THEME # 2 – Relevance
Consumers may question what evidence-based medicine means for them personally
THEME # 3 - Trust
Consumers tend to be suspicious of employer’s motives in moving toward evidence-based approaches
THEME # 4 – Discomfort
Being urged to be better informed and more assertive about their health care puts pressure on consumers
THEME # 5 - Overload
Consumers already feel overwhelmed with information and short on time.
Needing to understand and deal with medical evidence adds to the overload.
Kristin L. Carman, PhD
Principal Research Scientist
American Institutes for Research
1050 Thomas Jefferson St., NW
Washington, DC 20007