Shared Decision Making
Shared decision making (SDM) is becoming an integral part of patient centered care and is seen as a method to improve patient-clinician communication. SDM is a process in which a clinician and patient share information about a disease and treatment options and discuss the patient’s preferences to arrive at a decision about a management plan. Decision aids are typically used during discussions to describe risk of disease and impact of treatment on morbidity and mortality and have shown to have positive impacts on patient and clinical outcomes.
The Usability Lab has aided in the development of SDM tools for patients with cystic fibrosis, and for young cancer patients looking for guidance with family planning decisions.