Welcome to the International Shared Decision Making (ISDM) Society.

We are a member-based society bringing together

academics, health care practitioners, educators, patient partners and citizens focused on promoting research, training and practice in person-centred care and shared decision making in healthcare.


The ISDM Society is an international non-for-profit scientific association


Our mission is to foster person-centred healthcare and shared decision making worldwide


Our vision is that healthcare decisions are well-informed, and based on collaboration between persons and their health care providers

Our mission is to foster person-centered healthcare Person-centred care : “In person-centred care, health and social care professionals work collaboratively with people who use services. Person-centred care supports people to develop the knowledge, skills and confidence they need to more effectively manage and make informed decisions about their own health and health care. It is coordinated and tailored to the needs of the individual. And, crucially, it ensures that people are always treated with dignity, compassion and respect.”  Health Foundation. 2016. Person-centred care made simple. Weblink here. and shared decision making Shared decision making is defined in different ways. Two commonly used definitions include: “that at least two participants, the clinician and patient be involved; that both parties share information; that both parties take steps to build a consensus about the preferred treatment; and that an agreement is reached on the treatment to implement”.Charles et al. Soc Sci Med. 1997; 44 (5): 681–92. “an approach where clinicians and patients share the best available evidence when faced with the task of making decisions, and where patients are supported to consider options, to achieve informed preferences”. Elwyn et al. J Gen Intern Med. 2012;27(10):1361-1367)worldwide. We were established in 2018.

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Exciting news! ▶️ @bmj_latest editorial on the importance of social participation in health has just been published and we are honoured to be part of it w/ esteemed partners.
Credit truly belongs to everyone involved in endorsing this #WHO resolution!

SDM integration into medical curriculum making headway internationally @isdmsociety. Did you know @HDSC supports the @MGH Patient Support Corps program which trains pre-med @Harvard undergraduates to engage patients pre-visit support? Find out more:

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Don't be unheard - a video on shared-decision making