Shared Decision Making: Improving Patient Outcomes by Understanding the Benefits of and Barriers to Effective Communication

Clin J Oncol Nurs. 2019 Oct 1;23(5):540-542. doi: 10.1188/19.CJON.540-542.


Shared decision making (SDM) is a healthcare delivery model that mandates patient-centered care for clinical practice. Practicing SDM ensures that patients and family caregivers are engaged in making decisions about their care and treatment with healthcare providers. This article reviews the evidence on how nurses can influence the outcomes of cancer treatment decisions by using the SDM model.

Keywords: cancer treatment; competence; patient-centered care; shared decision making.

MeSH terms

  • Caregivers
  • Communication*
  • Decision Making, Shared*
  • Humans
  • Nurse-Patient Relations
  • Patient Participation
  • Treatment Outcome*