This July, individuals from all over the world gathered at the 2012 Dartmouth Summer Institute for Informed Patient Choice to discuss measurement of shared decision making (SDM) in clinical practice. During the three day conference, participants had the opportunity to hear from local, national and international leaders dedicated to developing and evaluating SDM and decision support tools. The discussions were led by Summer Institute co-directors Dale Collins Vidal and Karen Sepucha, and others including Glyn Elwyn, Elliott Fisher, Al Mulley and Annette O’Connor. They prompted participants to keep a single objective in mind througout the conference: how do we develop efficient, valid and reliable metrics for use of SDM in clinical settings?
To this end, presentations explored the following questions: