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New AHRQ Tool Fosters Patient-Provider Shared Decision Making

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) has created the SHARE Approach – a five-step process for patient-centered shared decision making:

  • Step 1: Seek your patient’s participation.
  • Step 2: Help your patient explore and compare treatment options.
  • Step 3: Assess your patient’s values and preferences.
  • Step 4: Reach a decision with your patient.
  • Step 5: Evaluate your patient’s decision.

AHRQ, which is part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, also offers an online shared decision making toolkit, including accredited webinars and in-person workshops, to help health care professionals work with patients to explore and compare the benefits, harms, and risks of each health care option.

Does your hospital use shared decision making? Do you use the SHARE Approach? Share with us in the comments below.


About the Author

Matt Buechner is the policy and advocacy associate for America's Essential Hospitals.

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