Angela Fagerlin

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University of Michigan - Ann Arbor
Int Med- General Medicine
Associate Professor
Short bio: 

Angie Fagerlin studied psychology and literature at Hope College and received her PhD in experimental (cognitive) psychology at Kent State University.

Research summary: 

My research focuses on the basic science of how to best develop patient education materials. This includes testing risk communication methods to determine what is the best method for presenting complex numerical information to patients making serious medical decisions. For example, I have tested the use of graphical tools in improving patient understanding. Additionally, my work tests how these decision aids actually work in a patient population. Specifically, what is the impact of the tools on patients decision making process and their treatment choices? Using audio recordings of patient appointments with their physicians, I have also tested how decision aids impact patient-physician communication.

Recent publications: 

Fagerlin  A, Zikmund-Fisher BJ,  Ubel PA. Helping Patients Decide: Ten Steps to Better Risk Communication. Journal of the National Cancer Institute. 2011: 103: 1-8.

Fagerlin A, Dillard AJ, Smith DM, Zikmund-Fisher BJ, Pitsch R, McClure JB, Greene S, Alford SH, Nair V, Hayes DF, Wiese,C & Ubel PA.  Women‰Ûªs interest in taking tamoxifen and raloxifene for breast cancer prevention: Response to a tailored decision aid.  Breast Cancer Research and Treatment.  2011: 127 (3): 681-688.

Dillard A, Ubel PA, Smith DM, Zikmund-Fisher BJ, Nair V, Derry HA, Zhang A, Pitsch RK, Hensley Alford S, McClure JB, Fagerlin A.   The distinct role of comparative risk perceptions in a breast cancer prevention program. Annals of Behavioral Medicine.2011 Oct:42(2):262-8

Fagerlin A, Sepucha KR, Couper MP, Levin CA, Singer E, Zikmund-Fisher BJ.  Patients‰Ûª knowledge about 9 common health conditions: The DECISIONS survey. Medical Decision Making. 2010: 30(5): 35S-52S.

Tait AR, Zikmund-Fisher BJ, Voepel-Lewis T, & Fagerlin A. Presenting research risks and benefits to parents: Does format matter? Anesthesia & Analgesia. 2010: 111(3): 718-723.  

Decision aids,
risk communication,
patient education,
patient-physician communication