Shared Decision Making Repository

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This tool compiles and catalogs over 70 qualitative and quantitative instruments that measure shared decision making. It allows researchers to easily locate and sort through a large collection of current literature on shared decision making measurements, and avoid performing redundant literature searches.    

Who should use this toolkit?

The shared decision making repository is intended for surgeons, researchers, other clinicians, and anyone who is interested in shared decision making. It can be used to:

  1. Conduct a literature search to inform grant application or protocol planning and development
  2. Measure patient involvement
  3. Measure shared decision making

What does the toolkit contain?

Literature on the following shared decision making measurement options:

  • Surveys: Publications that describe survey measurement of SDM. These focus on the quantitative assessment of variables that influence decision making for patients and physicians.
  • Interviews: Publications on interview methods to analyze shared decision making.
  • Coding Schemas: Publications on coding schemas to qualitatively measure and analyze interviews with SDM stakeholders including patients, physicians and other clinicians.

How should the tool be used?

After you register to view the tool, you will be presented with a screen that contains the full repository of publications.

Development of this toolkit

The Shared Decision Making Repository was developed by researchers and clinicians (Principal Investigator: Margaret Schwarze) at the Wisconsin Surgical Outcomes Research Program within the  University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Medicine & Public Health – Department of Surgery.

This project was supported the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health’s Health Innovation Program (HIP), the Wisconsin Partnership Program, and the Community-Academic Partnerships core of the University of Wisconsin Institute for Clinical and Translational Research (UW ICTR), grant 9 U54 TR000021 from the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (previously grant 1 UL1 RR025011 from the National Center for Research Resources). The content is solely the responsibility of the authors and does not necessarily represent the official views of the National Institutes of Health or other funders.

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Toolkit citation

Fox DA, Buffington AS, Lee R, Pati B, and Schwarze ML. Wisconsin Surgical Outcomes Research Program, University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health. Madison, WI; 2018. Available at:


About the Authors

The Wisconsin Surgical Outcomes Research Program (WiSOR) was formally established in 2011 to address the increasing priority of integrating health intellectual home for surgical outcomes research into the advancement of surgical care. The mission of WiSOR is to improve the quality, safety, effectiveness, and efficiency of surgical care through research and innovation at the University of Wisconsin – Madison. Its goal is to provide an intellectual home for surgical outcomes research while providing support and resources to facilitate and expedite research. WiSOR is also committed to career development and training for the next generation of researchers pursuing health services research in the field of surgery.