Thinking back to middle school English class, we all learned that words have both denotative and connotative definitions. The denotative being the dictionary definition and the connotative being the suggested or implied definition. The beauty of a connotative definition is that it can vary based on our own emotional associations, life experiences and culture. For example, the meaning of “healthy” is very much open to interpretation; therefore, your definition of the word most likely differs from your next door neighbor’s definition. At the Informed Medical Decisions Foundation we find that the term “shared decision making” means something different to each member of our team. We thought it would be fun to share these varied meanings with you, so we asked our Foundation family to describe shared decision making in just three words. This exercise resulted in a short video with more than 20 unique definitions of shared decision making. Enjoy!
How would you describe shared decision making in three words? We invite you to tell us by leaving a comment below. You can also tweet your three words using hashtag #SDM3words.