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Whitney, Simon

Institution: Baylor College of Medicine
Grant Title: A New Approach to the Allocation of Decisional Authority
Grant Number:  K08 HS011289
Duration: 4 years (2000-2004)
Total Award: $491,400

Project Description: This project had four main goals:

  1. To develop and refine the theoretical model characterizing the appropriate allocation of decisional authority between patient and physician based on the underlying characteristics of the decision in question.
  2. To develop and validate a measure of decisional authority, for use by patients and physicians, so that the theoretical model can be tested empirically.
  3. To conduct a series of descriptive studies, using the measure of decisional authority, to test specific hypotheses regarding preferences for decisional authority.
  4. Based on observations from 3 above, prepare an R01 application to extend the work.

Career Goals: Dr. Whitney is an Assistant Professor in Family and Community Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine and practiced family medicine in the private sector for 12 years.  He is also a law school graduate and served a one-year fellowship in biomedical ethics.

Progress to Date: Dr. Whitney has successfully completed his K award.  See publications for highlights.

K-Generated Publications:

Whitney SN, Brown BW, Brody H, et al. Views of United States physicians and members of the American Medical Association House of Delegates on physician-assisted suicide. Journal of General Internal Medicine 2001. 16:290-296.

Whitney SN.  A new model of medical decisions:  Exploring the limits of shared decision making. Medical Decision 2003. 23(4):275-280.

Whitney SN, McGuire AL, McCullough LB. A typology of shared decision making, informed consent, and simple consent. Annals of Internal Medicine 2004. 140(1):54-59.

McGuire AL, McCullough LB, Weller SC, Whitney SN. Physicians' views of patients' participation in medical decision-making. Medical Care 2005. (43)5:466-470.

Whitney SN, Ethier AM, Fruge E, et al. Decision making in pediatric oncology—Who should take the lead? The decisional priority in pediatric oncology model. Journal of Clinical Oncology 2006. 24(1):160-65.

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