Five steps for you and your patients to work together to make the best possible health care decisions.
Step 1: Seek your patient's participation
Communicate that a choice exists and invite your patient to be involved in decisions.
Step 2: Help your patient explore and compare treatment options
Discuss the benefits and harms of each option.
Step 3: Assess your patient's values and preferences
Take into account what matters most to your patient.
Step 4: Reach a decision with your patient
Decide together on the best option and arrange for a followup appointment.
Step 5: Evaluate your patient's decision
Plan to revisit decision and monitor its implementation.