International Consortium for Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Shared Decision Making (SDM)


There are several validated measurement methods to assess the extent to which health professionals use SDM-related behaviors and engage patients in decision-making from an observer perspective.  For example, OPTION and MAPPIN-SDM are widely used validated observational methods for this purpose.

Over the years, researchers internationally have created databases of observer ratings and associated audio/video recordings.

Artificial intelligence (AI) has the potential to standardize and streamline observer-based analysis and feedback from consultation recordings and could be incorporated into training programs, potentially enhancing efficiency, scale and spread.

Our consortium aims to develop research projects to support the implementation of SDM using AI.

Members and their students will have access to knowledge, networks and resources that can help them obtain research funding, conduct research projects, and collaborate with other stakeholders interested in exploring potential AI applications in SDM.

We are starting with a project on using AI to standardize the assessment of SDM processes during clinical consultations. Special Interest group members may have a range of interest areas within AI / SDM and are encouraged to explore these also.

  • Collaborative, with and utilizing strengths of the ISDM Society;
  • Equity, diversity, inclusion: from management to administration, partnership development, funding, ensuring diversity among staff, researchers, patient and public contributors and students, to attention to equity and diversity in its interdisciplinary research itself.
  • Diversity across career stage, researcher demographics and countries, disciplines supported
  • Inclusive for participation and outputs;

Becoming a member

You are warmly invited to register your interest and to become a member of the ISDM Special Interest Group on use of AI in SDM.

We encourage members with interests from both AI and SDM domains.

Please contact Alex Côté Asselin: alex.cote-asselin.1@ulaval.ca

Options for participation

To achieve the specific objectives, we are currently seeking to recruit three types of participants who will complete a survey or act as key informants in individual interviews.

To participate you should have:

  • Experience of using / researching AI applications in healthcare and/or
  • Experience of SDM training / research / implementation and/or
  • Databases of observer-based ratings and associated audio/video recordings

We will ask you which category-ies you identify with.  Ethical approval is being sought and full information will be provided, and your consent requested.

To participate, contact  

To develop grant applications on the use of AI for observer-based assessment of SDM processes during healthcare encounters as a basis for feedback and clinician training, we are currently seeking to form a research team.

To participate, applicants should be:

  • Researchers or
  • Supervised by a member or
  • A patient/consumer/citizen partner.


Member categories:

  • Research development group: researchers who wish to participate as co-investigators in the funding proposal (subject to receiving funding for salary, if allowed by the funding stream, and doing the work).
  • Collaborators: SDM experts whoown data from observational instruments and agree to collaborate with the consortium, or experts who wish to participate to networking activities and be listed as collaborators with grant application (without receiving salary)


Specifically, members are invited to participate virtually in two workshops over the next year and with a view to the grant application.

The first virtual workshop will take place on 2-3 October 2023, and the second in January 2024.

We hope to be able to invite colleagues to participate in the funding proposal that will come out of this consortium, subject to the scale and eligibility of a chosen grant opportunity (please see Values).

We also invite organisations or networks to partner with us and to provide indication of support to the grant application.

We invite you to register your interest in the Research Development Group, or to request more information: Please contact Alex Côté Asselin: alex.cote-asselin.1@ulaval.ca

Thank you in advance for your interest and we look forward to working with you.

To explore the potential of AI in SDM, including professional training and measurement, we have received a small funding award from the governments of Wales (UK) and Quebec (Canada).

Specific objectives for next year

  1. To establish a consortium of SDM and AI experts
  2. To develop an international inventory of existing observer-based SDM assessment data.
  3. To conduct an environmental scan to identify key experts, existing AI applications in SDM.
  4. To conduct interviews with key experts and to explore and prioritize areas where AI could support SDM training or implementation.
  5. To develop a proposal for a larger research project based on the results of the preliminary study.

The award recipients are:

Adrian Edwards, Co-lead
Cardiff University, UK






Anik Giguere, Co-lead
Université Laval, Canada





Samira Abbasgholizadeh-Rahimi
McGill University, Canada






Natalie Joseph-Williams
Cardiff University, UK





France Légaré
Université Laval, Canada






Denitza Williams
Cardiff University, UK