Measuring the impact of shared decision making

How do you know how well you are involving patients in shared decision making? How do you know what impact you are having? How can you demonstrate to others that you have been successful in making improvements?

Too often healthcare professionals or commissioners set out to deliver improved shared decision making without taking account of how they will assess their progress.

NHS England is currently testing approaches to measuring shared decision making.  with a view to developing future guidance. The aim is to support providers and commissioners develop localised approaches to implementing shared decision making, by outlining tools and approaches that can be used when measuring shared decisions.