Shared Decision Making (SDM) Month, run by the Informed Medical Decisions Foundation, provides the unique opportunity to bring together the many organizations and individuals working to advance shared decision making. By definition, shared decision making is a collaborative process and so is this initiative. The many contributors to SDM Month have volunteered their time and talents to spread the word of shared decision making as a critical component of medical decision making along the continuum of care.
Throughout the month of March, events will highlight the work of those advancing shared decision making as a means to provide high-quality, patient-centered care. These events will consist of a variety of formats (e.g. interviews, giveaways, publications, tweet chats and webinars) and will feature the different aspects of shared decision making. SDM Month events will address the following questions:
- When and where is shared decision making appropriate?
- What is the role of the patient in the process?
- How can shared decision making reduce costs while improving the quality of care patients receive?
- What are some real-world examples of successful implementation of shared decision making?
- How do we measure the success of shared decision making?
The Foundation invites you to visit the SDM Month site often to stay up to date on events and other special features. They hope you will join in supporting the work of the shared decision making community by attending SDM Month events, either virtually or in person. Events include:
- 5 March 2013 – Tweet Chat: Shared Decision Making Implementation with Angela Coulter
- 26 March 2013 – Shared Decision Making and the Patient’s Voice in Medical Decisions
- 28 March 2013 – Web seminar: The Power of Narratives: How They Shape the Way Patients Make Medical Decisions