Shared decision making to inform and involve patients in their health care decisions is gaining great momentum as a strategy to improve the quality and value of health care. However, making patient participation in decisions the rule, and not the exception, is challenging. Now is the time to convene patient advocates, providers, health care systems, policy makers and insurers to engage in a critical discussion about how to address this challenge and make it easier to do the right thing by informing and involving patients when it matters most — when a decision is looming.
Next week, the Informed Medical Decisions Foundation will be hosting a key stakeholder meeting in Washington, D.C. to stimulate a conversation about engaging patients in their health care decisions. “Aligning Incentives for Patient Engagement: Enabling Widespread Implementation of Shared Decision Making” will bring leaders together in an effort to create a roadmap for sustainable models of patient engagement through shared decision making. I’m extraordinarily pleased to be co-sponsoring this event with the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation.
We hope that everyone attending the meeting, either in-person or virtually, will leave with actionable steps to promote patient engagement both locally and nationally. We invite you and your colleagues to watch the live broadcast of this event and join the Twitter conversation by following #SDMincentives.