Shared Decision Making Task Force
This Task Force has completed its work and is no longer meeting. Scroll down to learn about their accomplishments and download their resources.
About Shared Decision Making
Shared decision making is a collaborative process that allows patients and their providers to make health care decisions together, taking into account the best scientific evidence available, as well as the patient’s values and preferences.
-Informed Medical Decisions Foundation
Cancer Plan Goal
Goal #2: Prevent and detect cancer at its earliest stage.
- Increase access to informed & shared decision making for cancer screenings.
Task Force Leader
Donald B McDonah MD
Medical Director, Circle of Life/Palliative Medicine Program
St. Joseph Healthcare
The workshops offered practical role play exercises, giving attendees the skills needed to implement SDM within their organizations, and help them to serve as champions. SDM is now a reimbursable component of lung cancer screening under CMS, but the skills learned can be applied to a multitude of clinical settings.
More than 50 health care professionals, including several Task Force members, participated in the workshops where 11 hospitals and 24 health care organizations were represented. Attendees were from different disciplines ranging from physicians and nurse practitioners, cancer center directors, community health workers, nurse care coordinators, social workers, navigators, and radiology nurses.
Download Participant Materials:
- Shared Decision Making Reader References
- Shared Decision Making Simulation Handouts
- Shared Decision Making Rack Card
SDM Decision Aids
The Shared Decision Making Task Force researched decision aids that can be used to facilitate a conversation between a patient and provider, in comparing health care options to make value-based decisions. Since there are a multitude of aids available, these are intended to be a starting point only, and are not envisioned as a substitute for SDM.
News and Events
E-cigarettes increase risk of cigarette smoking in youth, EurekAlert, 6/28/17
Vaping teens more likely to take up regular cigarettes, Reuters Health, 6/26/17
In the Business of Saving Lives: New England Regional Conference of Radon Professionals, Digital Journal, 6/23/17
Skin Cancer: The Latest Research, News, And Advice, NHPR, 5/31/17
Lebanon smoking ban to take effect in July, WCAX.com, 5/29/17
Kites Against Cancer returns to Hampton Beach on May 21, Seacoast Online