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Getting Started with Shared-Decision Making (SDM)

Congratulations on taking the first steps towards incorporating SDM into your practice! You and your patients will be glad that you did.

Shared-Decision Making FAQ

Why should I involve my patients in their health care decisions?

Studies show that when making decisions after thoughtful, informed discussions between patients and their doctors, patients:

  • Feel more comfortable with their care decisions.
  • Better understand the care they receive.
  • Are more likely to stick to their care plan and have better health outcomes.
  • Have greater confidence in their health care team.

Knowing that you've closely tied your care plan to who your patient is and what they value can be professionally and personally satisfying to you as a clinician.

Why was the Beckwith Center for Shared-Decision Making created?

The Beckwith Institute developed the center to establish UPMC as a national leader in patient-centered care.

UPMC is part of a national collaborative among others like Dartmouth, Mayo Clinic, and Massachusetts General Hospital.

Where can I find research that supports SDM?

Who can I contact with additional questions?

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