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Bringing Shared Decision Making to Kaiser Permanente

Today we republish one of our most popular SDM blog posts in a special SDM Month #ThrowbackThursday blog series. At Kaiser Permanente, with an integrated pre-paid healthcare delivery system covering close to 9.2 million members across 7 regions, the incentives are very well aligned: Keeping our members healthy keeps our organization healthy. Member, family, and community engagement is central to our mission. Continue reading

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Fear of Being Labeled “Difficult” May Keep Patients from Participating in Shared Decision Making

Today we republish one of our most popular SDM blog posts in a special SDM Month #ThrowbackThursday blog series. A new study published in the May issue of Health Affairs finds that some patients are concerned about being labeled “difficult” if they ask too many questions or disagree with a recommendation from their physician. Continue reading

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Shared Decision Making in the Golden Years

This post, by Dr. Mary McNaughton-Collins, originally appeared on KevinMD.com. Aging does not have to be all about appointments, pills, tests, treatments and procedures–instead aging should be about celebrating life and rewarding those older individuals who are “living well” by encouraging pursuits outside of the medical realm. Continue reading

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How Can We Make Shared Decision Making Possible? Perspectives of a Doctor and a Patient

Today’s post highlights a recent conversation between Adam and Karen about shared decision making—from both the doctor’s and the patient’s perspective.
Karen: So much has been written about shared decision making (SDM) and how patients—and doctors—benefit when people participate in their care. But many people I know still want their doctor to just tell them what to do. Based on your experience in the clinic, why is shared decision making so important? Continue reading

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NEJM Article on Shared Decision Making and Patient-Centered Care

Today we republish one of our most popular SDM blog posts in a special SDM Month #ThrowbackThursday blog series. Dr. Michael J. Barry, president of the Informed Medical Decisions Foundation and Susan Edgman-Levitan, Foundation board member, are co-authors on a New England Journal of Medicine Perspectives article published today. In the article “Shared Decision Making – The Pinnacle of Patient-Centered Care,” the authors explain that although advances in medicine continue to improve outcomes for patients as a whole, they can also leave patients and their families feeling disconnected from the decision making process and overwhelmed by their options. Continue reading

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