We are pleased to announce that March is Shared Decision Making (SDM) Month! During the month of March there will be a number of events highlighting the work of those advancing shared decision making as a means to provide high-quality, patient-centered care. These events will consist of a variety of formats (e.g. interviews, giveaways, publications, tweet chats and webinars) and will feature health care experts and advocates. We invite you to visit the SDM Month site often to stay up to date on events and other special features, as we will be adding them daily! We will also feature a number of guest bloggers. We hope you will join us in supporting the work of the shared decision making community by attending SDM Month events, either virtually or in person. You can follow the Twitter conversation at #SDMmonth.
The latest edition of Health Affairs focuses on a topic very near and dear to our hearts, patient engagement. Throughout the history of the Informed Medical Decisions Foundation, we have been dedicated to studying the components of patient engagement and how it affects the health care industry. Research shows that when patients are actively engaged in their care, they can experience better health outcomes, at lower costs. It gives me great pleasure to recognize the Foundation team members who are co-authors on publications in this edition of Health Affairs: New Era of Patient Engagement.
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The Shared Decision Making National Resource Center at Mayo Clinic promotes shared decision making through development, implementation and assessment of decision aid tools and SDM techniques.
The author discusses the concept of preference-sensitive decisions, that is, decisions where multiple reasonable options exist, and how a shared decision making process is critical to addressing this specific area of medical decisions. The article also looks at patient decision aids and how these educational tools can complement shared decision making by making the practice of high-quality medical care both more effective and more efficient. Lastly, the author discusses the role of shared decision making in state and federal policy and how this legislation can assist in making shared decision making a routine practice in medical care.
The National Nursing Centers Consortium (NNCC) supports nurse-led care and nurses at the front lines of care. Because of their education and their community connections, advanced practice nurses today are able to deliver high quality and cost-effective services to our most vulnerable populations, the poor and the uninsured. Our member health clinics, run by nurse practitioners, demonstrate this by providing community-based care that is sensitive to patient needs and concerns. NNCC works to help member health clinics meet the costs of providing care to the uninsured and underinsured. NNCC provides expertise to support comprehensive, community-based primary care. Comprehensive primary care goes beyond a provider visit. NNCC takes the lead in developing and running community programs, in partnership with member clinics, which help people lead healthier and safer lives. These programs help avert future health problems and keep healthcare costs from rising further.