The Promise of Shared Decision Making in Improving Value in the U.S. Health Care System

Decision Making in Healthcare

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Shared decision making (SDM) has the potential to play a critical role in the success of value-based payment models. Evidence suggests SDM can improve key measures of health care quality that matter to patients and drive more appropriate health care utilization, which could reduce unnecessary costs in the system. More comprehensive, patient-centered approaches to assessing value (such as the Patient-Perspective Value Framework Initiative) can elevate SDM in supporting the evolution of a value-based health care system.