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Shared Decisions

Z20014 CardioSmart New Website Graphics_V2_Shared Decision MakingShared decision-making is when patients and clinicians work as a team to make care decisions. Tools can help you talk with your clinician about your care options and concerns. The tools also help you:

  • Increase your knowledge and satisfaction with care
  • Define clearer goals for treatment
  • Align health decisions with your values

Use this resource to find decision aids to use and learn how they can help you understand your options.

The American College of Cardiology is committed to empowering patients to help them make informed health decisions.

The college has created a decision aid for people with atrial fibrillation at increased risk for stroke about whether to use blood thinners or have a left atrial appendage closure. In addition, it has created tools for heart failure and heart valve replacement.

For each decision aid, experts conduct a complete review of the studies and treatments for a condition. Afterward, they sum up the information to help you and your clinician choose the best course based on your values and needs.

Stakeholders in the process, including patients, caregivers and clinicians, review the tools to make sure the content is accurate, unbiased and understandable.

 
  • Last Edited 08/31/2017