What is SDM?

  • According to AHRQ, “Shared decision making (SDM) occurs when a health care provider and a patient work together to make a health care decision that is best for the patient. The optimal decision takes into account evidence-based information about available options, the provider's knowledge and experience, and the patient's values and preferences.”

    The expectation of SDM is that patient trust will increase, positively influencing satisfaction levels, as well as likelihood of adhering to treatment.

    The Key Components to SDM

    • Recognition that a Decision is Required

    • Knowledge and Comprehension of the Clinical Evidence

    • Incorporation of the Patient's Values and Preferences in Clinical Decisions


    Michelle Keating, oncology nurse navigator, shares the value of engaging in shared decision making

    What does SDM look like in practice & what are the benefits?

    Michelle Keating
    RN, OCN, MSCN
  • Quick Quiz

    Do you actively engage in SDM?

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