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Health Decision Making (HDM) SIG Update
Suzanne C. O'Neill, PhD, Health Decision Making SIG Chair; Outlook Co-Liaison
With the Health Decision Making (HDM) SIG in its fourth formal year, we are excited to report that we continue to grow in size and presence. As a result, we can look forward to decision making research being well-represented at the upcoming 2013 meeting in San Francisco.
Through the efforts of several SBM members, a Health Decision Making Track for the 2013 meeting is now a reality. We received 51 abstracts in our inaugural year and look forward to continuing to grow that number. In addition, we have partnered with the Public Policy Leadership Group (PPLG) of SBM and the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) to submit a joint symposium entitled, "Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute and Partners: Improving Patient Outcomes through Behavioral Medicine Research." PCORI was authorized by Congress to conduct research that provides the best available evidence to help patients and providers to make more informed health decisions. Joe V. Selby, MD, MPH, Executive Director of PCORI, will join us for the session to provide an overview of PCORI's mission and its relevance to behavioral medicine research and practice. This will be illustrated by the research of two SBM members and PCORI grant recipients, Tom Houston and Mary Cooley. Sara Knight, our SIG founding Chair and member of the PPLG, will serve as discussant, with a specific focus on health decision making and public policy. We are excited to bring the session to SBM and provide an opportunity to discuss how decision making research informs many areas of health care innovation and patient-centered care. Finally, we will share our Midday Meeting with the Cancer SIG. In this session, we will join Cancer SIG Chair Michael Diefenbach, PhD, to discuss the role of affect and decision making across the cancer continuum.
We are pleased to bring these sessions and more to the 2013 Meeting. Please join us for what is sure to be an exciting meeting in San Francisco!