Shared decision making
A key component of Healthier Washington is consumer engagement: Empowering people to share in the decision-making when it comes to their own health and the health of their families.
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Shared decision making is a process that allows patients and their providers to make health care decisions together, taking into account the best scientific evidence available, as well as the patient’s values and preferences.
Healthier Washington is engaging the health care community to spread shared decision making through the following Healthier Washington investment areas:
- Accountable Care Programs (ACPs): Two ACPs are integrating shared decision making strategies into their practices and the use of certified decision aids at testing sites. Learn more about ACPs.
- Practice Transformation Support Hub: Through the hub, providers will have the opportunity to participate in training for implementation of shared decision making strategies. Learn more about the hub.
Patient decision aids are tools that can help people engage in shared health decisions with their health care provider. Research shows that use of patient decision aids leads to increased knowledge, more accurate risk perception, and fewer patients remaining passive or undecided about their care. For example, a patient decision aid could help a pregnant woman who previously had a cesarean section to determine if she is a good candidate for a vaginal birth after cesarean.