Shared decision-making is a process on how we can best partner with patients on tough decisions and use evidence-based decision aids to help promote the discussion around shared decision making.
Traditionally when you come to your physician to make a decision together, you may be overwhelmed with a lot of the choices, and some patients even choose to defer to their physicians. But we're finding more and more that it's very important that we talk with our patients about those choices, and share with them the risks and benefits so that they can participate.
Shared decision-making is a meeting of two experts. The physician is the expert in the choices available to their patients and the risks and benefits, and the patient is the expert in his/her values and preferences, and what's most important to them.
Patient-centered care is a core value at Sentara Health. The shared decision-making conversation ensures our patients are informed and involved in preventive care decisions and that these decisions are patient-centered.
Dr. Lucas Gambill reviews the formal shared decision-making interaction implemented by Sentara, using the evidence-based decision tool for patients prior to having left atrial appendage occlusion (LAAO).