The New Hampshire Comprehensive Cancer Collaboration’s Shared Decision Making Task Force held two workshops this Spring that were taught by Manish Mishra, Stuart Grande, and Nan Cochran from The Dartmouth Institute’s Preference Lab. The Shared Decision Making (SDM) Task Force coordinated the workshops in an effort to increase access to shared decision making for cancer screenings, an objective of the NH Comprehensive Cancer Control Plan.

The workshops offered practical role play exercises, giving attendees the skills needed to implement SDM within their organizations, and help them to serve as champions. SDM is now a reimbursable component of lung cancer screening under CMS, but the skills learned can be applied to a multitude of clinical settings.

More than 50 health care professionals, including several Task Force members, participated in the workshops where 11 hospitals and 24 health care organizations were represented. Attendees were from different disciplines ranging from physicians and nurse practitioners, cancer center directors, community health workers, nurse care coordinators, social workers, navigators, and radiology nurses.

With gratitude we recognize the Elliot Health System for providing the continuing education credits, and the American Cancer Society for offering lunch at both events. The NH Comprehensive Cancer Collaboration is an initiative of the Foundation for Healthy Communities. 

Download Participant Materials:


Shared Decision Making Reader References

Shared Decision Making Simulation Handouts

Shared Decision Making Rack Card

SDM Decision Aids

The Shared Decision Making Task Force researched decision aids that can be used to facilitate a conversation between a patient and provider, in comparing health care options to make value-based decisions. Since there are a multitude of aids available, these are intended to be a starting point only, and are not envisioned as a substitute for SDM.  

Learn more about the Shared Decision Making Task Force