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

Posted by on Apr 9, 2015 in The Shared Decision Making Month Blog | 0 comments

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.

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

Posted by on Mar 30, 2015 in The Shared Decision Making Month Blog | 0 comments

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.

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

Posted by on Mar 26, 2015 in The Shared Decision Making Month Blog | 0 comments

Today’s guest blogger is David Arterburn, MD, MPH. He is an associate investigator at the Group Health Research Institute in Seattle and a practicing 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.

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

Posted by on Mar 19, 2015 in The Shared Decision Making Month Blog | 0 comments

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.

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Why Safety Is Personal When It Comes to Medical Care

Posted by on Mar 12, 2015 in The Shared Decision Making Month Blog | 0 comments

When I was 40 years old, I was diagnosed with an aggressive breast cancer that required immediate surgery and chemotherapy. When I heard the biopsy was positive, my first thought was, “I’ve been in training for this all my life.”

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Nurses: Making Sure the Patient’s Voice Is Heard

Posted by on Mar 10, 2015 in The Shared Decision Making Month Blog | 0 comments

“I’m sorry to tell you this, but you have an early-stage breast cancer.”

So began the conversation I had with many patients following a biopsy of a suspicious area found on a screening mammogram. Before coming to Healthwise, I was a cancer nurse navigator. I am also a breast cancer survivor. I have had this conversation from both sides of the phone call. It is a fine example of how nurses can, and should, be involved in shared decision making.

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