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MaineHealth Awarded $185K Grant to Help
Patients Make Informed Healthcare Decisions
Shared Decision Making Empowers Patients to Be Full Participants in Care

Boston, MA/Portland, ME, September 17, 2009 - MaineHealth, a not-for-profit integrated healthcare system of leading high-quality providers and other healthcare organizations, received a grant of $185,540 from the Foundation for Informed Medical Decision Making. The grant, awarded to select organizations nationwide, began funding demonstration sites in July, 2009, to explore ways to help patients use decision aids to make complex medical decisions in coordination with their physicians. Demonstration sites, where decision aids such as DVDs and booklets are available, are part of a national effort by the Foundation to make patients full participants in their healthcare decisions.

"We're pleased to be working with healthcare systems such as MaineHealth," said Michael Barry, M.D., president of the Foundation for Informed Medical Decision Making. "They're committed to changing the face of healthcare by inviting patients to play an active role, working in collaboration with their providers, in deciding the care that's best for them."

The Foundation provides grants to organizations committed to patient-centered care with the infrastructure to make decision aids part of daily medical practice. Each grant covers demonstration site activities for three years. The decision aids, co-produced by Health Dialog and created with the assistance of world-class medical experts, include booklets and DVDs to help patients thoroughly examine treatment options. Each demonstration site incorporates the decision aids into the physician/patient relationship to foster shared medical decision making.

Neil Korsen, M.D., medical director for Clinical Integration at MaineHealth and principal investigator for the shared decision making program said, "We are very excited about this funding and the opportunity for MaineHealth to expand the use of shared decision making as part of clinical care." Korsen continued, "We will use MaineHealth resources including the Learning Resource Center, Care Managers and the Ambulatory Electronic Health Record to support this program."

Patients identified through an electronic medical record system will receive decision aids prior to a physician visit, and after, depending on health issues discussed at the patient's visit. Patients may view decision aids at the MaineHealth Learning Resource Center or borrow them for home viewing. Health educators at the Learning Resource Center will be available to support patients' use of these materials and answer questions.
View a sample of a decision aid video here:

Other grant recipients include Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center; White River Junction VA Medical Center; Pittsburgh VA Health Care System; Massachusetts General Hospital and John D. Stoeckle Center for Primary Care Innovation; Mercy Clinics Inc.; Oregon Rural Practice-Based Research Network; The Palo Alto Medical Foundation, Research Institute and the University of California-San Francisco; Stillwater Medical Group; University of North Carolina-Sheps Center for Health Services Research.

About The Foundation for Informed Medical Decision Making
The Foundation for Informed Medical Decision Making's mission is to assure that people understand their choices and have the information they need to make sound decisions affecting their health and well being. The Foundation organizes and frames medical evidence in an unbiased manner to help people evaluate their options, particularly in instances where differences in individual preferences and perspectives are likely to affect personal choice. To learn more about the Foundation, the portfolio of decision aids and research demonstrating the need for an informed and involved patient, visit http:/

About MaineHealth
MaineHealth is a not-for-profit family of leading high-quality providers and other healthcare organizations working together so their communities are the healthiest in America. Ranked among the nation's top 100 integrated healthcare delivery networks, MaineHealth's member organizations include Maine Medical Center, Miles Memorial Hospital, LincolnHealth – St. Andrews Campus & Healthcare Center, Southern Maine Medical Center, Stephens Memorial Hospital, Waldo County General Hospital, Spring Harbor Hospital, HomeHealth Visiting Nurses, Maine Physician Hospital Organization, NorDx and Synernet. Affiliates of MaineHealth include MaineGeneral Medical Center, Mid Coast Hospital, St. Mary's Regional Medical Center and Penobscot Bay Medical Center.

About the MaineHealth Learning Resource Center
The MaineHealth Learning Resource Center is a health information and education resource for patients, families and communities. Each Center has an extensive library of books, periodicals and videos on a wide variety of healthcare topics. Computers with Internet access are available, along with an orientation about how to search for health information online. Locations in Portland, Scarborough and Norway, Maine.


Neil Korsen, M.D., M.S.
Medical Director, Clinical Integration
(207) 662-6881 


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