Assesses the preferences, knowledge, and attitudes of consumers and physicians regarding alternative treatments for abnormal uterine bleeding (AUB). The results of this article are based on 7 focus groups conducted with health consumers and physicians in one East Coast and three West Coast cities. The results of this paper suggest that providers may be unaware of consumer preferences for participation in the decisionmaking process for AUB and their preferences for specific treatments and treatment attributes. Consumers who have had or may have problems with AUB require more information than they are currently receiving to permit greater understanding of available treatment and their attributes, and to facilitate more-informed decisions. This is another paper that suggests that more information is needed to give consumers a better idea of what their choices are when it comes to elective procedures.
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