Shared Decision Making Policy
Our interactive map highlights where shared decision making legislation has been proposed and where SDM is being put into practice through our network of demonstration sites.
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.
Our policy section provides an overview of legislative and regulatory activities that have been taken to promote SDM either through state or federal action.
Below is a comprehensive report 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.
A comprehensive report on shared decision making in state and federal legislation. Click to download.
The report’s companion piece that includes language from state legislation. Click to download.
In this short YouTube video, Ben Moulton, our senior legal advisor provides a brief overview of the NASHP report, as well as the Kauffman Report on health care.
Our annotated bibliography of studies and articles covers various aspects of SDM, including implementation, that should be considered when crafting SDM policy.