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Getting Started with Shared Decision Making

Whether you are a generalist or a specialist, here's how to begin shared decision-making with your patients.

For Generalists


For Specialists

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

Being involved in the decision-making process can help patients feel better about their care. Studies show that when decisions are made after thoughtful, informed discussions between patients and their doctors, patients feel more comfortable with their care decisions, better understand the care they receive, and have greater confidence in their health care team. Patients are more likely to stick to their care plan and experience better health outcomes. 

Why was the Beckwith Center for Shared Decision Making created? 

The Beckwith Center for Shared Decision Making was developed in partnership with The Beckwith Institute to establish UPMC as 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 shared decision making?

Who can I contact with additional questions?

Contact us: DecisionMaking@upmc.edu