The SHARE Approach Essential Steps of Shared Decision Making

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.

Page last reviewed April 2014
Page originally created April 2014
Internet Citation: The SHARE Approach Essential Steps of Shared Decision Making. Content last reviewed April 2014. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD.