Shared Decision Making

Shared Decision MakingShared decision making (SDM) is a collaborative process in which the patient and provider share equally in making a decision about a treatment plan. We think of it as a meeting of two experts. The patient is the expert on their own values and preferences and the provider, or health coach, is the expert on the clinical knowledge. The use of SDM in medical care has been a hot topic for researchers since the term was defined in the 1970s and is a proven and valuable tool in chronic disease self-management. By empowering patients in the decision making process for an individualized treatment plan, SDM is part of the larger movement towards patient-centered care. This website is a great resource for more information about shared decision making

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