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.



Current executive board members (period 07/2022-07/2024):

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

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.

Anik Giguère

Prof. Anik Giguère


Location: Canada

Anik Giguère is a 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.

Prof. Paulina Bravo


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.

Prof. 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. Glyn Elwyn

Board Member

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 Eman Abukmail

Board Member: ECR Represetative

Location: Australia

Eman is a PhD researcher at Bond University (IEBH). Her research focuses on improving the communication of natural history and prognosis of diseases. She is involved in projects where SDM is a potential solution. For example, proper use of healthcare services in LMICs, and prognosis expectations. Her vision is to improve the uptake of SDM and expand its outreach of it to communities with low resources.


Prof. Martin Härter

Board consultant (former President)

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.


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:


The International Shared Decision Making Society

was founded in 2018 in Hamburg, 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