The International Shared Decision Making Society was founded in 2018

in Hamburg, in Germany as a scientific association. Its first general assembly of members was held on July 9, 2019, during the 10th ISDM conference in Québec City (Canada).


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


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


Current executive board members (period 02/2020-01/2022):

The general assembly is the assembly of the association‘s members and is conducted annually. Members are invited to join the meeting upon invitation.

Members of the executive board are elected by the general assembly for the duration of two years.


Prof. Martin Härter


Location: Germany

Martin Härter holds a chair at the Department of Medical Psychology of the University Medical Center, Hamburg-Eppendorf. He is also scientific director of the Agency for Quality in Medicine in Berlin, Germany. He is an experienced healthcare researcher with specific focus on chronic conditions and mental health, patient-centred care and shared decision making.

Prof. Kirsten McCaffery


Location: Australia

Kirsten McCaffery is a Professor of Behavioural Science and holds a Principal Research Fellowship at the Sydney School of Public Health, University of Sydney. She has developed and evaluated patient decision aids across a range of clinical areas and has a special interest in supporting shared decision making in populations with lower health literacy and among those who are socioeconomically disadvantaged.

Prof. Glyn Elwyn


Location: United States

Glyn Elwyn holds a chair at the Dartmouth Institute of Health Policy and Clinical Practice. He has evaluated interventions to facilitate shared decision making, developed patient-reported and observer-based measures.

Dr. Pola Hahlweg


Location: Germany

Pola Hahlweg is the deputy head of the research group “Patient Centered Care: Evaluation and Implementation” and a clinical psychologist at the Department of Medical Psychology of the University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf, Germany. She does research on patient-centered care and shared decision making, mostly in oncology and in the realm of implementation science.

Prof. Paulina Bravo

Board Member

Location: Chile

Paulina Bravo is an Associate Professor and the Director of Research and Doctoral Studies at the School of Nursing at the Pontificia Universidad Católica, in Santiago, Chile. She leads the Health Participation Research group at her school. Her research focuses on the development and implementation of patient decision aids and patient-centered care interventions.

Anik Giguère

Prof. Anik Giguère

Board Member

Location: Canada

Anik Giguère is an Associate Professor in the Department of Family Medicine and Emergency Medicine at Laval University in Québec city. She studies the design and implementation of decision aids and educational programs to enable older adults to make health decisions based on evidence and on their experiences and values.


The ISDM Society is committed to increased equity, diversity and inclusion among its members.

We define diversity as differences in race, colour, place of origin, religion, immigrant and resident status, ethnic origin, ability, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, and age. Our efforts to ensure the inclusion of diverse and underrepresented populations include: