Practice variation, shared decision making, and health care policy
The challenge to the research community is to provide the intellectual basis for a transition from a healthcare economy where healthcare utilization is based on physician's opinion to an economy where the demand is based on informed patient choice. The publication of the second edition of 'Shared Decision-Making in Health Care: Achieving Evidence-based Patient Choice' signals the emergence of an international community of social scientists, epidemiologists, and clinical science dedicated to advancing the field. It summarized the current state of knowledge and lays out the research challenges yet to be met. Its editors and contributors are to be congratulated for consolidating in one volume the essential features of this emerging science of informed patient choice.

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