The Preference Laboratory at The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice is a research group focused on developing tools and interventions to improve shared decision making (SDM) in health care. The team, led by Professor Glyn Elwyn, is motivated by the idea that empowering patients to be equal partners when making decisions about their health care is not only the right thing to do, it also leads to better outcomes. The process by which health care providers and patients make health decisions jointly, on the basis of evidence, clinical expertise, and patient preferences, is known as shared decision making.
Develop and test fast and frugal patient-reported, provider-reported, and observer-reported measures of shared decision making and related concepts
Develop and evaluate tools that help clinicians and patients share health care decisions
Support health care clinicians in integrating evaluated tools and measures into routine practice
Develop innovative methods of education and training in shared decision making for clinicians throughout their training
Support health care clinicians, organizations, and systems to understand and respond to the needs and preferences of patients
Develop and evaluate simple tools that promote self-management and shared decision making in underserved patients, specifically, in those with lower health literacy and/or limited verbal communication