The SHARE Approach


The SHARE Approach: 5 Essential Steps of Shared Decision Making 1. Seek your patient’s participation. 2. Help your patient explore & compare treatment options. 3. Assess your patient’s values & preferences. 4. Reach a decision with your patient. 5. Evaluate your patient’s decision.

AHRQ’s SHARE Approach is a five-step process for shared decision making that includes exploring and comparing the benefits, harms, and risks of each option through meaningful dialogue about what matters most to the patient.

A Fact Sheet (PDF File, 756 KB) about the program is available.

SHARE Approach Workshop Curriculum

The SHARE Approach Workshop curriculum was developed by AHRQ to support the training of health care professionals on how to engage patients in their health care decision making. The curriculum is made up of an Introduction, four content modules, and a module with training tips.

  • Introduction to SHARE Approach Workshop
  • Module 1: Shared Decision Making and the SHARE Approach
  • Module 2: Using Patient-Centered Outcomes Research (PCOR) in Shared Decision Making
  • Module 3: Communication
  • Module 4: Putting Shared Decision Making Into Practice
  • Trainer’s Module

For each module, AHRQ provides a facilitator’s Training Guide and slides—all ready to download, print, and use.

AHRQ also provides a series of questions to assess your readiness for the use of the SHARE Approach Workshop Curriculum.

SHARE Approach Tools

The SHARE Approach tools are a collection of reference guides, posters, and other resources, all designed to support implementation of AHRQ’s SHARE Approach. Tools in this collection include:

  • Step-by-step tips and sample talking points for implementing the SHARE Approach with patients.
  • Tips to communicate with patients who may come from different cultures or have limited skills in language or understanding of numbers and using the Teach-Back technique to enhance shared decision making.
  • An implementation guide for clinical practice teams.
  • A brief for administrators and other senior leaders outlining the benefits of using shared decision making.

SHARE Approach Implementation Success Stories

Implementation Success Stories highlight some examples of how AHRQ’s SHARE Approach curriculum and supporting tools have been used.

SHARE Approach Webinars

AHRQ offers accredited Webinars on topics related to the implementation of shared decision making and the use of patient-centered outcomes research tools.

An AHRQ Knowledge Transfer project

The SHARE Approach has been developed as part of AHRQ's Knowledge Transfer Program under a project entitled, "Educating the Educators: Developing Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Tools for the People Who Educate Consumers, Patients, and Caregivers."

Page last reviewed September 2016
Internet Citation: The SHARE Approach. Content last reviewed September 2016. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD. http://www.ahrq.gov/professionals/education/curriculum-tools/shareddecisionmaking/index.html