Patient Perspective

In this Part 2 of the series, practical next steps are outlined that providers can take to ensure that these conversations are integrated into the workflow and how to make the most of these conversations.
In Part 1 of this 2-part column series on shared decision making, the need for health care teams to create a safe and inviting environment for patients to talk about financial concerns and questions related to their treatment is discussed.
As the US health care system moves toward more value-based care delivery models, much needs to be done to reshape how physicians and patients think of palliative care.
Changing clinical pathways to incorporate the full spectrum of the patient experience requires a significant shift in how pathways are thought about, how they are developed, and what stakeholders provide during development.
While clinical pathways have been narrowly focused historically, steps can and should be taken by providers and stakeholders to ensure that patients and their individual preferences are adequately represented in pathway development.