Shared Decision Making
Shared Decision-Making is a facilitated process in which providers listen to patients about their needs and desires and provide information and discussion based on what their patients tell them.
The decision itself is made by the patient and is not shared.
Providers can support patients decision making by helping them to identify their preferences in the context of their values and by providing them with relevant information in a way that the patient can understand and integrate.
This approach is associated with high levels of patient satisfaction in a wide variety of clinical settings including contraceptive counseling. It has been shown to increase a patient’s engagement in self-care as well as improve patient outcomes and health status. Shared decision-making applied to contraception counseling is associated with increased satisfaction with method choice.
As stated in an article published about PATH entitled Beyond intent: exploring the association of contraceptive choice with questions about Pregnancy Attitudes, Timing, and How Important is pregnancy prevention: