Here, we propose to fill this important knowledge gap regarding recent trends in both the evidence in prostate cancer and the role of shared decision-making tools in specialty practice that will form the basis for future shared decision-making implementation research.
Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center (DHMC) is comprised of physicians, specialists and other providers working together at different locations to meet the health care needs of patients in northern New England. The Center for Shared Decision Making (CSDM) at DHMC, opened its doors in 1999 as the first center in the U.S. to be dedicated to shared decision making, and became a Foundation funded primary and specialty care demonstration site at that time. True pioneers in the shared decision making arena, DHMC continues to perfect the process of providing access to decision aids and decision support to patients as a routine process of care.
Many men face decisions about treatments for an enlarged prostate and the treatment options may cause much confusion. To help men understand their options, the Foundation has developed a Shared Decision-Making® Program called Treatment Choices for Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia.