Although several new studies may lead you to believe that Shared Decision Making is new to the mental healthcare industry, the system has a history of researchers, practitioners and recovered patients. In fact, SDM and medication management go hand-in-hand toward the recovery process.
Shortcomings Associated With Conceptualized Medication Management
According to a paper released in 2006 by Pat Deegan, PhD and Associates, mental healthcare professionals of that time period often practiced conceptualized medication management. However, the authors argue that compliance-focused strategies fail due to the complexity of the process, the nature of autonomous patients and an assumed projected learning curve that stretches into decades.
Strategies that help increase compliance in patients with severe mental illnesses are based upon paternalism that clashes with the principles of person-centered healthcare. Furthermore, using medication is a hands-on process that demands complex patient decision making interactions. The Deegan team identified this process as an opportunity for the patient to “work through decisional conflicts.”
To you, or your loved one, this means quicker re-entry into:
- Personal relationships
- Independent living
- AND peace of mind.
Shared Decision Making As a Model For Recovery
Using medication in an SDM environment establishes a partnership between you and your practitioner. It’s an opportunity for studying the success of a treatment within the context of short and long-term recovery from any major mental disorder. Sharing in the decision-making process permits you and your doctor to work as one in the evaluation of the advantages and the disadvantages of any treatment program.
A study conducted in March of 2008 by the Center for Multicultural Mental Health Research out of Cambridge Health Alliance determined that patient-provider communication potentially increases self-reported patient activation, retention and attendance. The study evidenced that intervention participants, when measured against comparison participants, were three times more likely to schedule follow-up medical visits.
SDM as a model for mental health recovery is not new nor is it dormant.
Currently available for free from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration: A new CD on Shared Decision Making in Mental Health Decision Aid. The CD-ROM is designed for:
- Mental Health Patients
- Substance Abuse Patients
- Patients Battling With Alcohol Use or Abuse
- AND others.
The materials focus on SDM intervention and how it helps people with mental illnesses make the right treatment choices. The context includes:
- AND various interactive components of medication-assisted therapy.
You can order your free Shared Decision Making CD now at: http://store.samhsa.gov/product/SMA12-4696.