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The President’s Corner: March/April 2015

As Shared Decision Making Month drew to a close at the end of March, I found myself reflecting on forces that get in the way of all patients sharing in their fateful health decisions. One potential collision is between clinical practice guidelines, with their related performance measures, and the preferences of informed patients. Continue reading

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Shared Decision Making (SDM) Month Experts Leave a Lasting Impression

The importance of shared decision making starts before we are born and continues with the choices we make about how we die. This year’s Shared Decision Making (SDM) Month included inspiring and thought-provoking presentations—across the life span—from national and international experts. Continue reading

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Nurses: Important Members of the Shared-Decision-Making Team

I first heard about shared decision making when I was applying for my master’s degree in 1998. Annette O’Connor, often considered the “mother” of shared decision making (SDM), was my thesis supervisor for my master’s and my doctoral studies. Continue reading

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Creating a Group Health Culture Where Shared Decision Making Is the Norm

Today’s guest blogger is David Arterburn, MD, MPH. He is an associate investigator at the Group Health Research Institute in Seattle and an internal medicine physician at Group Health. He has served as medical editor for the Informed Medical Decisions Foundation, now a division of Healthwise, for many years.

At Group Health, we are creating a culture of expectation that no preference-sensitive medical decision is made in the face of insufficient knowledge among patients about their options and that patients’ preferences are aligned with their treatment decisions. Continue reading

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My Journey to Improved Hip Health and the Value of Health Education in Decision Making

Today’s guest blogger is Leslie Kelly Hall. She is senior vice president of policy at Healthwise. Leslie guides policy efforts for health information technology, standards, interoperability, privacy, and security that will help people engage in their health.

Arthritis of the hip. Pain. Limping. Lack of sleep. This is not a condition for the faint of heart. Eager to do as much as I could for myself and avoid unnecessary surgeries, I began a quest to improve my hip health. Continue reading

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