At the Informed Medical Decisions Foundation we find that the term “shared decision making” means something different to each member of our team. We thought it would be fun to share these varied meanings with you, so we asked our Foundation family to describe shared decision making in just three words. This exercise resulted in a short video with more than 20 unique definitions of shared decision making.
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Effective maternity care with least harm is optimal for childbearing women and newborns. High-quality systematic reviews of the best available research provide the most trustworthy knowledge about beneficial and harmful effects of maternity practices, yet these valuable resources are grossly underutilized in policy, practice, education, and research in the United States. Practices that are disproved or appropriate for mothers and babies in limited circumstances are in wide use, and beneficial practices are underused.
One of our primary goals at the Informed Medical Decisions Foundation is to strive for balance and fairness when helping patients understand medical decisions. At the core of our organization is the conviction that the best medical decisions are made when patients are well informed and active participants in the decision making process. A balanced presentation gives patients the best chance to work in partnership with their providers and make the decision that will serve them best.
To test a brief consumer-led intervention consisting of three generic “Consumer Questions” designed to encourage doctors to discuss evidence related to treatment options with their patients. They are: 1) “What are my options?” 2) “What are the possible outcomes of those options?”and 3) “How likely is each of the outcomes to occur?”