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Invited Commentary
July 8, 2013

Shared Decision Making

Author Affiliations
  • 1Division of General Internal Medicine, Department of Medicine, New York University School of Medicine, New York City
JAMA Intern Med. 2013;173(13):1204-1205. doi:10.1001/jamainternmed.2013.6248

The construct of shared decision making (SDM) is dealt with directly or indirectly in 3 articles in this issue of JAMA Internal Medicine. One concerns the effect among dialysis patients of a lack of being properly informed.1 A second evaluates the potential costs of patients’ decisional preferences.2 The third measures a national rate of patient-centered medical decisions.3 See also the research letter by Krumholz et al.4 This is not coincidence. The frequency of SDM-related research, policy, and affirmation increases annually, and some say it is reaching a tipping point.