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New Website Promotes Shared Decision-Making Between Health Care Providers and Patients

Published Thursday, March 20, 2014

The Minnesota Shared Decision-Making Collaborative (MSDMC) has launched an expanded website designed to serve as a resource to those interested in enhancing effective shared decision-making between patients and their health care teams. The website msdmc.org offers both an online and downloadable roadmap for researching and implementing methods to assure that medical decisions are well-informed by best available evidence and consistent with patient preferences.

Shared decision-making is a process designed to help patients evaluate all available options—weigh their personal values, goals and priorities against evidenced-based medicine—in order to make informed decisions at every stage of their care.

"Creating an environment that supports a more effective conversation between patients and their providers is the goal of shared decision-making," said Larry Morrissey, MD, Central Pediatrics in Woodbury MN and MSDMC chair. "Since I’ve incorporated shared decision-making into my practice, I’ve seen how patients feel more engaged, informed and empowered as I work with them to make decisions. Other health care providers have too."

“Shared decision-making is an important approach to support the movement toward greater patient engagement and patient-centered care,” said Jennifer Lundblad, PhD, MBA, president and CEO, Stratis Health. “The shared decision-making process between the health care team and patient leads to improved patient experiences, more appropriate utilization of services, and more proactive engagement in self care, which is critical as studies show that health behaviors shape 30 to 40 percent of an individual’s health.”

The MSDMC is a multi-stakeholder community learning collaborative working to remove barriers to adopt and promote the routine use of shared decision-making in clinical practice throughout Minnesota. MSDMC participants include Stratis Health, Institute for Clinical Systems Improvement, HealthPartners, Mayo Clinic, Fairview Health Services, and Allina Health System, among others.

The MSDMC website was designed by a team of stakeholders and is supported by Stratis Health, the Medicare Quality Improvement Organization for Minnesota, under a contract with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), an agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

For more information on incorporating shared decision-making into your organization, please contact the Minnesota Shared Decision-Making Collaborative.