Advancing Shared Decision Making
For over two decades, the Informed Medical Decisions Foundation has been working to advance shared decision making through research, policy, clinical models and patient decision aids. We believe that the only way to ensure high quality medical decisions are being made is for a fully informed patient to participate in a shared decision making process with their health care provider.
Shared decision making has become a health care buzz word in recent years, gaining increasing amounts of attention from patients and providers, policy makers, researchers and health system administrators. But what exactly is shared decision making? It is a collaborative process that allows patients and their providers to make health care decisions together, taking into account the best scientific evidence available, as well as the patient’s values and preferences.
Now you might say that’s a pretty broad definition…so what does shared decision making actually look like? We want you to show us! Throughout SDM Month we want you to send us photos and videos that answer that very question. Be creative and have some fun! If you have actual footage of a shared decision making conversation between a real patient and provider that you can share, we’d love to see that too! We will be putting together a wonderful crowd-sourced video montage for our digital freebie on March 27 under the SDM Month weekly theme of “Shared Decision Making in Action”. We hope you will contribute to this project and help illustrate what shared decision making looks like.
You can send your photo or video submissions via email to info[at]imdfoundation[dot]org or via a free file sharing site (ex: Dropbox, Hightail).
Shared decision making can and should be a tool to help our patients obtain value in health care. As we try to align the patient, the payer, and the provider, more information regarding the disease process and the available options a patient has to choose from serves the system well. More importantly, it is good for the patient. Continue reading
On February 20, 2014 we announced the pending merger of the Informed Medical Decisions Foundation with Healthwise. Combining these two exceptional nonprofits creates a stronger force for good in advancing the role of the patient. Shared decision making for major treatment decisions is needed to achieve the Triple Aim of better care, better health and lower costs. We are excited that in joining forces we will more quickly extend that value into the mainstream of care. Continue reading
The theme of the first week (March 3-7) is Shared Decision Making: From 1982 and Beyond. Now you may ask, why start with 1982. The answer will be revealed this afternoon with our first digital freebie of the month, our Shared Decision Making through the Decades infographic. Shared decision making has greatly evolved since 1982 and throughout the week our contributors will highlight some of the milestones we’ve reached, as well as provide a roadmap for where we still need to go to ensure shared decision making is part of routine clinical care. Continue reading
Last week we announced our pending merger with Healthwise, an organization we have long admired for its reach and dedication to supporting patient engagement in health care. The response we have received has been wonderfully positive with many colleagues and … Continue reading