About Shared Decision Making
It is especially useful when there is no clear "best" treatment option.
The caregiver offers the patient information that will help him or her:
- Understand the likely outcomes of various options
- Think about what is personally important about the risks and benefits of each option
- Participate in decisions about medical care
The decisions are hard because:
- There is more than one choice
- Each choice has advantages and disadvantages
- There is no "correct" choice
- What you choose depends on what is important to you
The Center for Shared Decision Making at Dartmouth-Hitchcock is the first patient-focused facility of its kind in the United States.
For more information
- Our Decision Aid Library includes a video about shared decision making, Getting The Healthcare That's Right For You. The video provides an introduction to evidence-based medicine and shared decision making.
- Is Prostate Screening Right for Me? This article from Norris Cotton Cancer Center will help you decide.