An Interprofessional Approach to Shared Decision Making: What it Means and Where Next

  • France LégaréEmail author
  • Dawn Stacey


Given the emphasis on integrated oncofertility healthcare services and engagement of oncology patients as partners in their care, finding effective ways to involve patients in shared decision making is critical. An interprofessional approach to shared decision making enables interprofessional teams to support patients facing decisions, meet their decisional needs, and reach healthcare choices that are agreed upon by the client and the interprofessional team together. An interprofessional approach to shared decision making has the potential to link multiple professionals and healthcare levels with patients and their families, thereby bridging gaps and minimizing the silos that exist within the healthcare system. Excellence in oncofertility care exemplifies the necessity of and potential for interprofessional shared decision making. This chapter reviews the state of knowledge regarding an interprofessional approach to shared decision making in healthcare. It also summarizes the lessons learned from current initiatives and provides suggestions for future research and development in this area.



This work was supported by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Centre Hospitalier Universitaire de Quebec Research Centre, Hôpital St-François D’AssiseQuébecCanada
  2. 2.Department of Family Medicine and Emergency MedicineUniversité LavalQuébecCanada
  3. 3.Faculty of Health Sciences, School of NursingUniversity of OttawaOttawaCanada
  4. 4.Clinical Epidemiology ProgramOttawa Hospital Research InstituteOttawaCanada

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