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Are you using these shared decision-making aids when talking with your patients?

Posted October 23, 2020

Below is a list of resources to help you involve your patients in shared decision-making. The evidence-based aids help provide information about treatment options, lifestyle changes and outcomes. They don’t replace your guidance but can help your conversations with your patients. The list is also on our website in the Related Resources column.

Why it’s important: When patients help make decisions about their health care, it may lead to better outcomes and quality of life.

Mayo Clinic Shared Decision Making National Resource Center 

Cincinnati Children’s James M. Anderson Center for Health Systems Excellence 

  • Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) Treatment for the School-Age Child
  • Diarrhea Treatment with Lactobacillus GG
  • Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) Vaccination
  • Hydroxyurea for Sickle Cell Anemia
  • Treatment for Children with Autism
  • Behavior Concerns in Young Children
  • Return of Genetic Test Results from Whole Exome Sequencing
  • Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis Treatment
  • Fertility Preservation for Children Newly Diagnosed with Cancer
  • Treatment of Obstructive Sleep Apnea
  • Weight Loss for Adolescents

Dartmouth-Hitchcock Center for Shared Decision Making 

Decision Support Toolkit for Primary Care 

The following steps may help involve the patient in a primary care setting:

Decision Support Toolkit for Specialty Care

Decision Support as a Clinical Skill Toolkit 


The above material is for informational purposes only and is not a substitute for the independent medical judgment of a physician or other health care provider. Physicians and other health care providers are encouraged to use their own medical judgment based upon all available information and the condition of the patient in determining the appropriate course of treatment. References to third party sources or organizations are not a representation, warranty or endorsement of such organizations. Any questions regarding those organizations should be addressed to them directly. The fact that a service or treatment is described in this material is not a guarantee that the service or treatment is a covered benefit and members should refer to their certificate of coverage for more details, including benefits, limitations and exclusions. Regardless of benefits, the final decision about any service or treatment is between the member and their health care provider.