Shared decision-making is key to ensuring person-centered care
When you seek care, is the process is passive or participatory? How are decisions about your treatment made? Does your provider consider your preferences surrounding your care? Shared decision-making is a key mechanism for moving toward person-centered primary health care delivery. In a recent review available through the PHC Evidence portal, Hauser and colleagues assess the effect of shared decision-making on critical health outcomes, indicating that shared decision-making can strengthen provider-patient relationships, increase patient satisfaction, and improve clinical outcomes. Yet, more research is needed to develop scalable implementation pathways to support the integration of shared decision-making tools into routine care delivery and to generate standardized metrics to better assess this important function. Read on to learn more.