Supporting resources to help physicians engage in shared decision making

Patients are beginning to demand more from the health care system and their physicians, particularly when it comes to playing a more active role in treatment options. In fact, over 80% of patients believe it is highly important for their doctor to always involve them in decisions about their treatment.

The traditional “doctor knows best” mentality is no longer cutting it, so it’s time to adopt a new approach: collaborative care.

Meeting this mandate isn’t just about appeasing patients. There’s a clinical case for collaborative care, too. Collaborative care is associated with greater identification of preventable complications and improved patient adherence to care plans. It has also proven effective at lowering costs, which is critical for our success in moving towards value-based care.

Despite these proven benefits, involving patients in their care requires a two-way conversation that many clinicians feel unprepared to have. Research has shown that two tools are particularly useful in helping equip clinicians for collaboration: patient decision aids and motivational interviewing techniques. To help medical group leaders train physicians on how to use these tools, we’ve pulled together several resources below.

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