Over the past decade, shared decision making has gained considerable attention. More than ever, physicians and patients need a framework for making medical decisions. There are lots of good reasons to improve the process - better outcomes, patient safety, health care spending, even medical malpractice. This white paper introduces the topic and makes a case for shared decision making, while laying out some tips on how decision aids can help. This is the first of two white papers we are releasing this summer on the topic of Shared Decision Making.
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