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A Big Thanks to Those Who Are Making Shared Decision Making a Reality Every Day

Posted by on Mar 31, 2016 in The Shared Decision Making Month Blog | 0 comments

As Shared Decision Making (SDM) Month comes to a close, we thank our blog post contributors, who wrote about the important role that shared decision making has played in their personal and professional lives. These SDM Month blog posts, our webinar, and other activities show how—at the beginning of life, at the close of life, and at every point along the way—shared decision making touches patients and the people who care for them.

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Costs Should Be Part of the Equation

Posted by on Mar 29, 2016 in The Shared Decision Making Month Blog | 1 comment

I have excellent health insurance, but like millions of Americans, I have a high-deductible health plan. As more and more employers move to this model, it is important that we, as consumers of health care, consider the costs of care as part of our treatment decision-making process. In what other buying decision would we ignore costs? Could you imagine comparing dishwashers or car models without looking at the price tag? Why would health care be any different? To illustrate this point, consider my own cautionary tale.

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The Value of Shared Decision Making in Achieving “More Good Days”

Posted by on Mar 28, 2016 in The Shared Decision Making Month Blog | 0 comments

Several decades ago, I spent 3 months caring for my father before he died at home. For my mother, alluding to the end of my father’s life was difficult. She left his blue blazer hanging on the back of a dining room chair where he had always left it, ready for work the next day. It remained there while he lay in a hospital bed in a room off the kitchen, until one day, a week before he died, the blazer was gone. My mother had removed it. That’s how she signaled to the rest of us that she was preparing to let go.

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Bringing Shared Decision Making to Kaiser Permanente

Posted by on Mar 24, 2016 in The Shared Decision Making Month Blog | 0 comments

At Kaiser Permanente, with an integrated pre-paid healthcare delivery system covering close to 9.2 million members across 7 regions, the incentives are very well aligned: Keeping our members healthy keeps our organization healthy. Member, family, and community engagement is central to our mission.

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The Role of the Nurse Navigator in Solving the Mystery of Prostate Cancer Treatment

Posted by on Mar 23, 2016 in The Shared Decision Making Month Blog | 0 comments

“I just found out that I have prostate cancer. I can’t believe it. After meeting with all the doctors, I still don’t know what treatment to have. Too many choices. Too many ‘what ifs.’ I need to figure this out soon …”

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