For Patients & Consumers
- How shared decision-making works
- How it helps you
- Preparing for appointments
- Your goals matter
- Getting my doctor to listen
- My doctor and I don't agree
For Doctors & Providers
- What is shared decision-making?
- Why is it needed?
- Advantages in mental health treatment
- Using decision aids
- Practical issues
- Competency and credibility
- Power and Coercion
Shared decision-making is a process that leads to a mutual decision by doctor and patient on what course of treatment to follow and what steps the patient needs to take to enact his or her plan.
Shared decision-making occurs when people with mental health conditions and their treatment providers work together to come up with the best possible course of action. It's a process that emphasizes communication and trust - and an approach where the expertise of the person experiencing the condition and the medical professional are valued equally. Shared decision-making is about respect and dignity.
You're On The Team makes the case for why shared decision-making is so important to both doctors and people with mental health conditions. We've also included some guides to getting started and instructional videos showing the process at work.
Mental Health America CEO David Shern introduces shared decision-making, and Dr. Allen Dyer and Randy demonstrate how it works in practice.
Learn about shared decision-making from Cicely and Randy and see how Randy and his doctor team up.