18th Annual Patient Safety Congress

Shared Decision Making and Patient Safety: Making the Connections in Clinical Practice

Standard: $29.00


Session Description:

Shared decision making (SDM) is a collaborative process that allows patients and their providers to make health care decisions together, taking into account the best scientific evidence available, as well as the patient’s values and preferences. But what happens when this collaboration doesn’t take place, especially with venerable patients? And what happens when shared decision making does work? You will hear from three experts on this topic as they share their experiences and how shared decision making can have a positive impact on patient safety.

Session Objectives:

  • Explain what SDM means and how it can advance patient safety
  • Describe what decision aids are and why they work
  • Describe barriers and challenges to implementing a SDM program in your organization


  • Benjamin W. Moulton, JD, MPH, Senior Vice President, Informed Medical Decisions Foundation, Advocacy and Policy
  • Patricia J. Skolnik, Founder and Executive Director, Citizens for Patient Safety
  • Karen Sepucha, PhD, Director, Assistant Professor, Health Decision Sciences Center, General Medicine Division, Massachusetts General Hospital, Medicine at Harvard Medical School
  • Leigh Simmons, MD, Internal Medicine Physician, Massachusetts General Hospital

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