Week three of Shared Decision Making (SDM) Month was quite educational as we explored shared decision making policy efforts in the U.S., as well as measures of decision quality. Our tweet chat on Tuesday examined a number of shared decision making policy issues from liability to informed consent to incentives for providers. On Tuesday night we gathered in Boston for a special screening of the new documentary, Escape Fire: The Fight to Rescue American Healthcare. Shannon Brownlee, who is featured in the film, stopped by to answer our burning questions about the current state of health care in the U.S. During Wednesday’s webinar, we heard from individuals involved with projects resulting from federal and state shared decision making legislation. Thursday’s webinar provided us with insight on developing and implementing decision quality measures.
The theme of the fourth and final week is “Shared Decision Making and Patient Engagement.” Throughout the week, we will hear from SDM Month contributors about the importance of engaging patients in medical decisions and how we can empower patients to be informed and involved in their care.
With only one week left in March, we hope you’ll join us for what’s sure to be a week of enlightening activities.