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Creating a "Zone of Openness" at the Doctor's Office
A narrative about how California researchers develop a tool to eliminate patients' fear of reduced care quality when they disagree with their doctor.


Creating a Zone of Openness
Learn more about this project and how it uses decision-support tools to encourage shared decision making between patients and their clinicians.

Improving Patient-Centered Communication
Ming Tai-Seale, PhD, MPH, describes her PCORI-funded research project that looked into whether shared decision making in primary care settings changed the behavior of both patients and providers.

Project Information

Ming Tai-Seale, PhD, MPH^
Palo Alto Medical Foundation Research Institute
Creating a Zone of Openness to Increase Patient-Centered Care

Key Dates

June 2012
June 2015

Study Registration Information

^Dominick Frosch, PhD was the original principal investigator for this project.


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Last updated: March 4, 2022