Shared Decision Making Month:
Promoting Better Decisions Together
Shared Decision Making (SDM) Month provides the unique opportunity to bring together the many organizations and individuals working to advance shared decision making. By definition, shared decision making is a collaborative process and so is this initiative. Throughout the month of March, events will highlight the work of those advancing shared decision making as a means to provide high-quality, patient-centered care.
Stay up to date with the latest on SDM Month by reading our blog. View, register for and share SDM Month events by visiting the events section or by clicking on the calendar button. Learn more about SDM Month and its contributors by visiting the about section.
I’d like to start by thanking everyone who has contributed to Shared Decision Making (SDM) Month. We’ve been overwhelmed by the support of this initiative. During the month of March we have heard from roughly 50 contributors representing a variety of perspectives on how fostering a health care system where shared decision making is the norm, is critical. We have also heard time and again that shared decision making is essential to providing patients with the high-quality care that patients deserve. However, contributors have also shown that the complex and fragmented nature of health care systems can make it difficult to take shared decision making theory and turn it into meaningful and sustainable everyday practice. Continue reading
Diana is chief production officer at the Informed Medical Decisions Foundation where she oversees all aspects of the Foundation’s role in Shared Decision-Making® program production and ongoing clinical review of health coaching resources with Health Dialog. She is also responsible for the Foundation’s independent production initiatives. In collaboration with our medical editors and clinical advisors, her team ensures the accuracy of the clinical evidence included in all Foundation materials. Before joining the Foundation, she was executive editor of the New England Journal of Medicine’s Weekly Briefings and managing editor of the Healthwise Handbook, Healthwise for Life, and the Healthwise Knowledgebase™. Diana holds BS and MPH degrees from the University of Michigan. Continue reading
The Veterans Administration Makes Shared Decision Making Resources Available to Help with Long Term Care Choices
Being informed and involved in medical decisions about long term care choices is critically important for older patients. The Guide to Long Term Care is now the core of the Veterans Administration’s Geriatrics and Extended Care website, partly in response to the needs of the growing number of aging Veterans – of the nation’s 23 million Veterans, almost half are over 65. Continue reading
Victoria received her PhD in quantitative psychology from Ohio State University in 2005, with an emphasis in decision science. She is currently assistant professor at the University of Missouri. She holds a joint appointment in the department of health sciences, in the school of health professions and in the department of psychological sciences, in the college of arts and sciences. Broadly, her research focuses on applying decision psychology and behavioral economics to inform medical decision making. Recent work has examined the impact of patient stories in health communications. Continue reading
Alicia works as a community manager at The HIT Community, a start-up company based in Wakefield, MA. She contributes to the User’s View Blog providing her perspective on health information technology and social media issues facing patients and healthcare workers in today’s rapidly changing healthcare industry. With an engineering background and MBA/MS degrees in information systems, Alicia applies her technical knowledge in creative ways to bring different healthcare communities together to leverage knowledge, solutions, and support in efficient, effective ways. Continue reading
Trisha is known as Every Patient’s Advocate. She is an author, About.com’s expert in patient empowerment, and a national speaker who teaches patients how to navigate the unwieldy and dysfunctional health care system and teaches providers how to communicate with their patients more effectively and efficiently.
Trisha is the founder and director of the Alliance of Professional Health Advocates, and AdvoConnection.com, a directory where patients and caregivers can find help from advocates who can facilitate their journey through the healthcare system, including private Shared Decision Making services. You can find her online at EveryPatientsAdvocate.com, Patients.About.com or Twitter: @TrishaTorrey. Continue reading
In June 2008, as part of my annual physical at age 61, my physician gave me a digital rectal exam. He felt a lump on my prostate that he felt needed further evaluation so he referred me to an urologist. The urologist performed a biopsy, which showed prostate cancer in two out of the twelve cores tested, with 10% cancer in each core and a Gleason score of 6. A Gleason 6 indicates a slow growing cancer. The urologist told me that I needed treatment and that since I was relatively young and healthy my choice could be surgery or radiation. His thinking was not whether I needed to be treated in the first place, but only what treatment would be best. He suggested I see a surgeon and radiologist to decide. Continue reading
Steven is a physician and author of the prize-winning book, Doctor, Your Patient Will See You Now. He is the founder of The Shared Decision Center, writes a column for his town’s weekly newspaper and appears regularly on its local NBC television affiliate. Follow Steven on Twitter: @med_advocate.
Steven will be joining the SDM Month tweet chat on patient engagement on Tuesday, March 26 at 2 p.m. ET. Join the conversation: #SDMchat. Continue reading
The patient-physician relationship of yore was pretty much one-sided. Physicians used to tell their patients what tests and procedures needed to be done and didn’t really offer much information on their condition, nor were patients asked to be involved in decisions regarding their own care. That relationship has begun to dramatically change; patients want and are given more information, and they are more involved. There is a growing body of research that points out the benefits of patient engagement. There is more information flowing from physician to patient; patients are now seen as an excellent source of information when taking their history and their preferences are carefully considered – “nothing about me without me.”
Week three of Shared Decision Making (SDM) Month was quite educational as we explored shared decision making policy efforts in the U.S., as well as measures of decision quality. Our tweet chat on Tuesday examined a number of shared decision making policy issues from liability to informed consent to incentives for providers. On Tuesday night we gathered in Boston for a special screening of the new documentary, Escape Fire: The Fight to Rescue American Healthcare. Shannon Brownlee, who is featured in the film, stopped by to answer our burning questions about the current state of health care in the U.S. During Wednesday’s webinar, we heard from individuals involved with projects resulting from federal and state shared decision making legislation. Thursday’s webinar provided us with insight on developing and implementing decision quality measures. Continue reading