Shared decision making (SDM) implementation is a strategy that is receiving increased attention from health policy makers as providers, purchasers and regulators explore opportunities to integrate patient-centered concepts into standards of care for clinical practice. We believe SDM has the ability to improve health care delivery at various levels. It improves the informed consent process, has the potential for bridging health disparities and it may impact utilization rates and, therefore, costs. SDM holds promise for improving health care quality, reducing unwarranted variation in care, and improving patient satisfaction.
Below is a comprehensive report that builds upon the National Academy for State Health Policy’s (NASHP) analysis of state health improvement initiatives and discusses the process and potential of shared decision making (SDM) in state legislation.