Using Shared Decision-Making and Decision Support Tools

People who use Wellness Recovery Action Planning (WRAP) make decisions about their lives, relationships, health care, and services on a regular basis. Some of these decisions are easy to make on your own, but others are more complicated or difficult.

You can reduce your stress and make better choices if you use a step-by-step process to think through your situation and options.

There is a process called Shared Decision-Making (SDM) that is recommended by the Institute of Medicine as a way for people to partner with their physician or other healthcare provider in making important decisions about treatment and services.

In this process, you and your provider share information and consider the options, but the final decisions about treatment, services, and supports are yours to make. 

Decision Support Tools

There are two types of tools that can be used for shared decision making. One is called a decision aid. 

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Decision support materials are another kind of tool for shared decision making.

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