This June, members of the Informed Medical Decisions Foundation learning collaborative of shared decision making (SDM) demonstration sites gathered in Boston to meet and share their successes and challenges in implementation. The collaborative, which was formed three years ago, represents a diverse community of both large academic medical centers and private practices throughout the country who are implementing SDM into routine practice using our Shared Decision-Making® program decision aids.
The grant provides funding to train and hire "family and patient activators" to equip patients with the tools they need to make decisions about their health care, Weeks said. The activators will be trained according to a curriculum developed at Dartmouth. The family and patient activators are complementary to the physician-patient dialogue, according to Benjamin Moulton, the senior legal advisor for the Informed Medical Decisions Foundation.