Evidence suggests that if patients actively take part in managing their healthcare, they will have better outcomes than people who don’t.  In fact, the New England Journal of Medicine quoted Shared Decision Making as the “Holy Grail” of optimal patient care.

When you are considering surgery, the Decision Aids that explain test, treatment, and care options through real-life experiences will help you make the best decision for you and/or a family member! This information can also be used to help prepare you to have informed discussions with your doctor.

New West Physicians embraces Shared Decision Making because our providers feel that when they work with you to manage your healthcare, and jointly select tests and treatments based on clinical evidence as well as your personal values and preferences, better outcomes are achieved.  New West Physicians want you to make informed decisions so that you are not just saying ‘yes’ or ‘no’ to a particular test or treatment, but rather reaching decisions about your care together through shared understanding.

Good shared decision making brings both you and your healthcare professional’s expert opinions together. Explore this interactive health tool on our Health Information Library.