Shared decision making was the focus of a recent breakfast meeting for advocates hosted by Astellas during the American Society of Clinical Oncology conference in Chicago.
Change Together caught up with speakers Sarah Krug, Executive Director at Cancer 101, and Tyler Ludlow, Chief Decision Scientist at the Decision Skills Institute, to find out how they enjoyed the session.
In a new video, they discuss the reasons behind their own passions for patient engagement and how collaboration is the best way to embed shared decision making into the healthcare system.
“If the patient is truly to be front and center, we have to collaborate as we think about shared decision-making models, activities and interventions that will help them make short- and long-term decisions based on how they will affect their lives,” said Sarah, who spoke about her family’s own experiences with cancer, a disease that has affected both her parents and her husband.
Tyler agreed, adding that true systemic change required working across silos, and could not be achieved by any one group working alone.
“The only way we will see true shared decision making implemented broadly into healthcare is to have a broad coalition of providers, patients, caregivers, advocacy groups, regulators, pharmaceutical companies and pharmacists working together across the board to support a new equilibrium,” he told Change Together.