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What is Shared Decision-making?

Tiffany N. Brown, MSW, LMSW

September 27, 2021

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What is shared decision-making?

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Shared decision-making is something that is promoted probably without you even knowing it. You are actually advocating for this every day, simply by asking the patient/client, "What do you think is best for you?" 

By definition shared decision-making is a process that respects the rights of patients to be fully involved in decisions about their care, by evaluating all available healthcare options and weighing in for personal values of the patients and preference against available unbiased evidence. Patients and healthcare professionals can make health related decisions together as partners. 

Shared decision-making fosters ethical practice and is a systematic approach that encourages and supports effective, trusting, and open communication between the provider, the care team, and the patient. It includes a multidisciplinary approach and it may also include the patient’s caregivers, family members, or whomever the patient would like to include in their care. 

 

This Ask the Expert is an edited excerpt from the webinar, Ethical Responsibility to the Nephrology Social Work Profession: Improving Patient and Provider Outcomes, presented by Tiffany N. Brown, MSW, LMSW. 


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Tiffany N. Brown, MSW, LMSW

Tiffany Nicole Brown is a Nephrology Social Worker who found her calling in the renal specialty in 2013. Originally, from San Francisco, CA, Tiffany found her new home and place of practice in Texas. Tiffany has provided direct patient care within an outpatient dialysis setting for the last several years, and she holds a leadership role within a company that is a primary provider of dialysis services. Tiffany is charged with leading a team of nephrology social workers who are spread throughout the Dallas Motorplex area. In addition, to being a lead nephrology social worker, Tiffany provides training and promotes advocacy of the social work profession. A Texas College and Howard University Alumni, Tiffany is currently pursuing her clinical license in social work and plans to provide adjustment therapies for dialysis patient through private practice in the future.


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