Health care providers at our demonstration sites describe the role of patient decision aids in the process of shared decision making.
Putting Shared Decision Making in Practice
The Informed Medical Decisions Foundation has been studying how to best integrate shared decision making (SDM) and the use of patient decision aids into routine clinical practice.
Our SDM demonstration sites are essential to understanding the most effective methods for implementation. Testing of decision aid use under controlled laboratory conditions can supply some important information about use. However, only through active implementation of SDM and decision aids at systems of care can we provide practical information on how best to support shared decision making in real-world clinical settings.