Shared Decision Making (SDM) is a collaborative, patient-directed decision making process that helps Veterans, together with their family caregivers and health care team, set goals and priorities, and make choices that meet patient needs while honoring patient values and preferences. Shared Decision Making is an effective approach for making difficult decisions such as planning for long term care.
Shared Decision Making Worksheet
You can download a worksheet to guide Veterans and their caregivers through difficult decisions.
Caregiver Self-Assessment Worksheet
Caregiver stress and burnout can leave Veterans vulnerable.
Download and review the Caregiver Self-Assessment Worksheet. Use this to:
- Guide discussions about your roles and responsibilities
- Determine how you can support the Veteran in meeting their goals and priorities while meeting your own needs
What is Shared Decision Making?
This animated video explains how patients can make a shared decision about their medical treatment.
Shared Decision Making Helps Providers
Three providers explain how shared decision making improves their patient visits.
VHA Leadership Supports Shared Decision Making? - Learn why VHA leaders are supporting shared decision making for choices about long term services and supports.
Shared Decision Making in Rural Areas - Learn how social work is key to helping Veterans, their family and caregivers make decisions about long term services and supports.