SHARE Approach Curriculum Tools


SHARE Approach Curriculum Tools


The SHARE Approach is a five-step process for shared decision making that includes exploring and comparing the benefits, harms, and risks of each option through meaningful dialogue about what matters most to the patient. The five steps of the SHARE Approach are as follows:

  1. Seek your patient’s participation
  2. Help your patient explore and compare treatment options
  3. Assess your patient's values and preferences
  4. Reach a decision with your patient
  5. Evaluate your patient's decision
The SHARE Approach tools are a collection of references guides, posters, and other resources, all designed to support AHRQ’s SHARE Approach implementation. Tools in this collection include:
  • Step-by-step tips and sample talking points for implementing the SHARE Approach with patients
  • Tips to communicate with patients who may come from different cultures or have limited skills in language or understanding of numbers and using the Teach-Back technique to enhance shared decision making
  • An implementation guide for clinical practice teams
  • A brief for administrators and other senior leaders outlining the benefits of using shared decision making


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Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality


Release Date: 2014
Date Verified: 02/12/16
Original Summary: February 2016
Last Updated: 02/12/16

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