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Avalere Partners with Leading Providers and Advocacy Groups to Chart Course for SDM in Cancer Care


Despite recognition that providers should implement shared decision making (SDM) as standard practice, integration of SDM into regular care delivery remains elusive.

To address this goal, Avalere partnered with a multidisciplinary group of leading providers, patient advocacy groups, and others to identify key principles in designing and testing processes to promote SDM in routine oncology practice.

In a commentary published this month in the peer-reviewed Journal of Palliative Care, we describe 3 best practices for addressing challenges associated with implementing SDM that emerged from a multidisciplinary collaborative: (1) engagement of diverse stakeholders who have interest in SDM; (2) development and validation of an evidence-based SDM tool grounded within an established conceptual framework; and (3) development of the necessary roadmap and consideration of the infrastructure needed for engendering patient engagement in decision-making. We believe these 3 principles are critical to the success of creating SDM tools to be utilized both within and outside of clinical practice, and it reinforces efforts of a related Avalere multistakeholder collaborative, the Patient-Perspective Value Framework Initiative.

To learn more about Avalere’s work in this space, connect with us.

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