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Sep 12, 2019 · Purposeful SDM: Our new model of shared decision making

I love the focus on the need to think flexibly based on the situation – the concept that there is no right way that patients and clinicians “should” do SDM given the variety of situations that can arise in care and given that the needs of the patient can vary based on the patient, an individual with unique aspects, distinct from the diagnosis/diagnoses they may be faced with. With SDM, it seems clear that clinicians and patients can both learn together how to put the unique needs of the patient first across a variety of situations. This seems to really lend itself to personalized medicine and the concept that people can share the same disease(s), but because of the unique features that give rise to an individual, treatment benefits from focusing ultimately on the patient as opposed to solely the disease(s) in question.

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