Margaret Holmes-Rovner

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Professor Emerita

Center for Bioethics and Social Justice

Department of Medicine

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PhD 1980 University of Wisconsin
BA 1968 University of Wisconsin

Curriculum Vitae
Research Gate Profile



Dr. Margaret Holmes-Rovner’s research has contributed substantially to establishing the field of patient-provider shared decision-making in health care. Current research is in use of electronic media (including the electronic health record) to implement patient participation in decision-making. She has developed decision support tools, and decision aid evaluation measures and participated in international standard setting for educational materials designed to support informed, shared patient decision-making, including the International Patient Decision Aid Standards (IPDAS) collaboration.

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Selected Publications

Jinping Xu J, Janisse J, Ruterbusch JJ, Ager J, Liu J, Holmes-Rovner M, Schwartz KL. Patients' Survival Expectations With and Without Their Chosen Treatment for Prostate Cancer. Annals of Family Medicine. 2016 May;14(3)208-214 .

Holmes-Rovner M, Montgomery JS, Rovner DR, Scherer LD, Whitfield J, Kahn VC, Merkle EC, Ubel PA, Fagerlin A. Informed Decision Making: Assessment of the Quality of Physician Communication about Prostate Cancer Diagnosis and Treatment. Med Decis Making. 2015 Nov;35(8):999-1009.

Kelly-Blake K, Clark S, Dontje K, Olomu A, Henry RC, Rovner DR, Rothert ML, Holmes-Rovner M. Refining a Brief Decision Aid in Stable CAD: Cognitive Interviews. BMC Med Inform Decis Mak. 2014 Feb 13;14:10.


Stacey D, Légaré F, Col NF, Bennett CL, Barry MJ, Eden KB, Holmes-Rovner M, Llewellyn-Thomas H, Lyddiatt A, Thomson R, Trevena L, Wu JHC. Decision aids for people facing health treatment or screening decisions. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews. Issue 1, 2014.


Jimbo M, Rana GK, Hawley S, Holmes-Rovner M, Kelly-Blake K, Nease DE Jr, Ruffin MT 4th. What is lacking in current decision aids on cancer screening? CA: A Cancer Journal for Clinicians, 2013 May; 63(3): 193–214.

Holmes-Rovner M, Kelly-Blake K, Dwamena F, et al. Shared Decision Making Guidance Reminders in Practice (SDM-GRIP). Patient Education and Counseling. 2011: 85(2): 214-24.

Selected Achievements and Awards

  • Michigan Cancer Consortium Spirit of Collaboration Award, 2004
  • College of Human Medicine Outstanding Faculty Award, 2002
  • Department of Medicine Outstanding Researcher, 2003