Shared decision making (SDM) is gaining momentum within the delivery of patient-centered care. Shared decision making takes into account the findings from current evidence-based practice, in addition to the patient's values, desires, and preferences. This article reviews the phases of SDM: patient engagement, discussion, and decision, in addition to the role SDM plays in the specialty of orthopaedics.
Mary Atkinson Smith, DNP, NP-C, ONP-C, CNOR, Board Certified Nurse Practitioner and RNFA, Starkville Orthopedic Clinic, Starkville, MS; and Assistant Professor and Assistant Program Director, South University Online, College of Nursing and Public Health, Savannah, GA.
The author has disclosed no conflicts of interest.