Shared decision making is a joint process in which a healthcare professional works together with a person to reach a decision about care.
It involves choosing tests and treatments based both on evidence and on the person’s individual preferences, treatment goals, beliefs, and values.
This collaborative dialogue between patient and physician ensures that the patient understands the treatment options, benefits, and potential risks of available treatment options.
Your healthcare provider may send you shared decision making questions electronically or discuss them with you in person utilizing an iPad, a form, or by talking to you. Methods of communication may include email, apps, iPad, mail, and in-office forms.
When discussing your Shared Decision-Making plan, the patient’s comfort and understanding of the treatment options available is a priority. At no time should the patient have to engage in a conversation when they feel vulnerable (i.e., when wearing a hospital gown). Ideally, a treatment plan will be discussed outside of the examination room in a location such as the healthcare provider’s office. A video call or phone conversation may also be utilized to discuss your Shared Decision options.
Your healthcare provider may recommend for you to have tests or labs done and then to follow- up with them. Ask your healthcare provider about how soon after having the testing done that they want to see you again, as well as whether they want to see you in person or via phone or video call. If after your initial visit you have more questions, follow up with your provider about these questions and/or next steps.
Each patient will have individual priorities for treatment. Fibroid treatment topics of concern may include:
Following your visit, you should feel informed and have the tools that you need to have a positive experience. You should feel that you have resources, and that you are not alone in your decision-making journey.