Reading List: Victor Montori

Article · August 7, 2017

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We asked NEJM Catalyst Thought Leaders to tell us the books and articles that have been “game-changers” for them — the ones that have really affected the way they think about health care and their jobs. Here’s what they said. See all entries here.


From Victor Montori

Users’ Guides to the Medical Literature, Oxman et al. JAMA, November 1994.

A Comparison of Results of Meta-Analysis of Randomized Control Trials and Recommendations of Clinical Experts. Treatments for Myocardinal Infarction, EM Antman et al., JAMA, July 1992.

Lessons Learned from the Decision Board: A Unique and Evolving Decision Aid, T. Whelan et al., Health Expect, March 2000.

Shared Decision-Making in the Medical Encounter: What Does It Mean? (Or It Takes At Least Two to Tango), C. Charles et al., Social Science and Medicine, March 1997.

How Medicine Has Exploited Rationality at the Expense of Humanity: An Essay by Iona Health, I. Heath, BMJ, November 2016.

Living with Hypoglycemia, M. Ritholz et al., Journal of General Internal Medicine, December 1998.

From Mayo Clinic KER Unit

A Note to My Younger Colleagues…Be Brave, H. Krumholz, Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes, May 2012.

From the article: “In some ways, our best hope to reveal our follies lies with those new to the field. It is your fresh eyes, unbridled enthusiasm, optimism about what is possible, and commitment to the highest ideals of the profession that can reveal what those who have longer tenure in medicine may have trouble discerning. And yet, to be effective and make use of those insights, you must be brave.”

Six ‘Biases’ Against Patients and Careers in Evidence-Based Medicine, T. Greenhalgh, BMC Medicine, September 2015.

From the abstract: “At the heart of EBM is the patient, whose informed choices have long been recognised as paramount. However, good evidence-based care is more than choices.”

The Idolatry of the Surrogate, J. Yudkin et al., BMJ, December 2011.

From the article: “Recent studies have challenged the assumption that reliance on surrogates can accurately predict the effect of treatment on hard outcomes.”

We Need Minimally Disruptive Medicine, C. May et al., BMJ, August 2009.

Cumulative Complexity: A Functional, Patient-Centered Model of Patient Complexity Can Improve Research and Practice, ND Shippee et al., Journal of Clinical Epidemiology, October 2012 .

The Body, Identity, and Self: Adapting to Impairment, K. Charmaz, The Sociological Quarterly, September 1995.

From the abstract: “Serious chronic illness undermines the unity between body and self and forces identity changes. To explicate how the body, identity, and self intersect in illness, one mode of living with impairment, adapting, is explicated in this article.”

Chronic Illness as Biographical Disruption, M Bury, Sociology of Health & Illness, July 1982.

Managing Chronic Illness at Home: Three Lines of Work, J Corbin et al., Qualitative Sociology, September 1985.

From the abstract: “Problems of managing chronic illness at home are addressed in terms of the concept of ‘work:’ what types and subtypes of work, entailing what tasks, who does them, how, where, the consequences, the problems involved.”

A Theory of Health, C Whitbeck, In Concepts of Health and Disease: Interdisciplinary Perspectives, Addison-Wesley, 1981.

Development of a Theory of Implementation and Integration: Normalization Process Theory, CR May et al., Implement Science, May 2009.

Collaborative Deliberation: A Model for Patient Care, G Elwyn et al., Patient Education and Counseling, November 2014.

From the abstract: “Existing theoretical work in decision making and behavior change has focused on how individuals arrive at decisions or form intentions. Less attention has been given to theorizing the requirements that might be necessary for individuals to work collaboratively to address difficult decisions, consider new alternatives, or change behaviors.”

The Design of a Decision Aid About Diabetes Medications for Use During the Consultation with Patients with Type 2 Diabetes, M Breslin et al., Patient Education and Counseling, December 2008.

Contributed by: Victor Montori, MD, MSc, Professor of Medicine, Knowledge and Evaluation Research (KER) Unit at Mayo Clinic


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