During Shared Decision Making Month, we will feature a number of guest bloggers who are working to advance shared decision making around the world. This guest post is by Don Kemper, MPH, Founder and CEO of Healthwise.
In my last visit with my doctor I asked if I should get a shot to prevent shingles. He didn’t think I needed it, but when I asked why not he gave me a link to a decision aid on his hospital’s website. He also promised that if I chose to get it I could just drop by—no appointment or visit would be needed. I stopped in the lobby and looked at the decision aid on my smart phone. It took me less than five minutes to reach my informed decision. I got the shot on the spot. It was easy on the clinical workflow and I appreciated saving the extra trip. Little by little, shared decision making is becoming a reality.
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Tagged decision aids, decision support, Don Kemper, Healthwise, March 2013, patient voice, patient-centered care, patients, preference-sensitive decisions, quality care, shared decision making, Shared Decision Making Month
The author discusses the concept of preference-sensitive decisions, that is, decisions where multiple reasonable options exist, and how a shared decision making process is critical to addressing this specific area of medical decisions. The article also looks at patient decision aids and how these educational tools can complement shared decision making by making the practice of high-quality medical care both more effective and more efficient. Lastly, the author discusses the role of shared decision making in state and federal policy and how this legislation can assist in making shared decision making a routine practice in medical care.