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Decision-Making Help

The Center for Shared Decision Making opened in 1999 as the first center in the United States dedicated to encouraging doctors and patients to make decisions together.

At some point in life, most people face health care decisions affecting themselves or their families. Some health care decisions are easy. Others are not. Often, there is more than one choice, and each will have its own risks and benefits. The "right" choice depends on what is important to you. We can help.

What Is Shared Decision Making?

Shared decision making is the collaboration between patients and caregivers to come to an agreement about a health care decision. It is especially useful when there is no clear "best" treatment option.

Through one-on-one counseling sessions with one of our health coaches, we will help you make an informed decision about any health care treatment choice. While we are not experts in your medical condition and cannot give you medical advice, we can support you in making your health care decisions. One way we do this is by using a tool called the Ottawa Personal Decision Guide© to help you consider your choices in light of your personal goals for your care. Another way we help is by working with you to develop a list of questions for your doctor so you feel better prepared for your appointment.

Patient, Help Heal Thyself: A Case for Letting Patients Help Pick Their Treatments

An article in the Boston Globe highlighting Shared Decision Making.
By Dr. Glyn Elwyn and Eric Weinberger
October 13, 2013
View article on bostonglobe.com.

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