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Shared Decision-Making

What is shared decision-making?

Shared decision-making (SDM) honors both the provider’s expert knowledge and the patient’s:

  • Unique needs and priorities
  • Individual health care goals
  • Right to be fully-informed of all care options and the potential harms and benefits of their options
  • Right to express their preferences and values related to the decision at hand

The SDM process allows patients and providers to make health care decisions informed by scientific evidence and medical expertise, as well as the patient’s values and preferences.

SDM resources

Our Healthwise Knowledgebase offers many shared decision-making tools that can be used with patients. Patients can access these tools via MyChart and providers can link to the tools directly in the patient’s after-visit-summary. 

Shared decision-making in action