We are halfway through Shared Decision Making Month 2014! During week two, we explored the role of the patient in health care decisions and strategies for encouraging greater patient and family engagement. Our tweet chat on achieving patient-centered care through patient engagement was highly engaging and informative. Patients on our guest blog post panel series shared their “ah-ha” patient activation moment and provided their thoughts on what an ideal patient-centered system of care entails. We also looked at the benefits of Patient Advisory Councils and how an institution can go about establishing one. Activities and discussion during week two proved that informing and involving patients in all aspects of the health care system is critical in achieving truly patient-centered care.
The theme for both week three (March 17-21) and four (March 24-28) is Shared Decision Making in Action. Throughout week three, we will highlight ways in which shared decision making is being successfully implemented and the individuals behind the evolution of shared decision making in medicine. We hope these real-world examples will inspire action toward greater adoption of shared decision making in routine care around the world.