Clinical Care: Shared Decision Making

Activity Description

A patient’s active participation is a key factor in establishing a strong physician-patient relationship. This module discusses scenarios that will help cardiothoracic surgeons overcome misperceptions about shared decision-making and understand the importance of involving patients when making decisions about treatment options.


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Target Audience

Cardiothoracic surgeons, cardiologists, and other members of the heart team, including cardiac anesthesiologists, physician assistants, and nurses.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this activity, participants should be able to:

  • Explain the different types of decision-making.
  • Establish which type of decision-making the patient prefers and recall that the physician should engage in whichever method the patient chooses.
  • Describe the advantages of shared decision-making.
  • List different tools and techniques that the physician can use to aid the patient in shared decision-making.
Activity summary
Available credit: 
  • 0.50 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit
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Unless otherwise noted, the faculty for this activity have nothing to disclose.

Karen M. Kim, MD
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI

Sharon Ben-Or, MD
University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC
Commercial Relationships: Circulogene (Advisory Board)

Jessica G.Y. Luc, MD
University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC

STS Staff
Scott Bradbury, MS 
Karen Kostrinsky 
Amanda Wright  
Melisa Puthenmadom, MS 

Accreditation Statement

The Society of Thoracic Surgeons is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The Society of Thoracic Surgeons designates this enduring material for a maximum of 0.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. Physician Assistants (PAs) may claim AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ for completing this activity.

Available Credit

  • 0.50 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit


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