The Health Decision Sciences Center (HDSC) Shared Decision-Making Program is offered in primary care practices across the Partners HealthCare system, and routinely delivers more than 10,000 decision aids annually. Shared Decision-Making is an interactive process between a patient and their provider.
Objectives of shared decision-making:
- Support patients facing significant medical decisions by providing access to information on relevant health care options and outcomes
- Engage patients in their own clinical decision-making process
- Support the delivery of medical treatments tailored the patients’ needs
Patients are offered high quality patient decision aids for a variety of commonly encountered adult clinical topics, including cancer screening, mental health self-management and elective surgery planning. These materials are intended to supplement the conversations between patients and providers and help guide patients through complicated medical decisions. There has been success in demonstrating that decision aids increase knowledge, reduce decisional conflict and increase patient involvement in decisions.
Patient decision aids are sent to registered patients via the Partners patient portal, Partners Patient Gateway.