Shared decision making is a process of engaging patients through clinical evidence using clear, understandable language, acknowledging uncertainty about options, exploring patients’ preferences, and communicating with patients as partners as they make health care choices.

Why is training so important for clinicians?

A national action plan to improve patient safety and advance health equity highlights the importance of engaging patients, families, and care partners in decisions and promoting a culture of trust and respect. Yet many clinicians do not have the tools, experience, or training to practice shared decision making and seek more guidance in this process.

Key References

Shared Decision Making trainings and opportunities

Washington University School of Medicine

M19-560 Principles of Shared Decision Making and Health Literacy in the Clinical Setting.

Boot Camp: Nov 10, 2022 (Save the Date!)


AHRQ SHARE Curriculum Learn More
Co-Production Laboratory Two-Minute Videos on Shared Decision Making and Option Grid Use Learn More
Dartmouth’s education and training and including e-learning courses Learn More
Inventory of Shared Decision-Making Programs for Healthcare Professionals Learn More
International Shared Decision Making (ISDM) Society Learn More
Shared Decision-Making (SDM) Toolkit: Train-the-Trainer Tools for Teaching SDM in the Classroom and Clinic Learn More
Society for Medical Decision Making (SMDM) Short Course: Introduction to Shared Decision Making and Patient Decision Aids
Society of Behavioral Medicine’s SciComm toolkit

Resources from other institutions are for educational purposes and not an endorsement.