Frank discussion between patient and healthcare professional has never been more important!
Patients and providers making decisions together becomes the cornerstone for safe healthcare. Here at Shared Decisions, our goal is broad education about specific topics. Our posts offer insights from evidence-based research and resources as well as experienced professionals to add clarity to complex healthcare topics. We encourage you to visit and bookmark the links provided – these are trusted sites that, along with your state’s Health Department site, can be used learn about health conditions and best practices near you.
Our mission is to change the way healthcare works one patient at a time. We are on a journey, with you our readers, to make a mental shift from passive patients who follow healthcare recommendations blindly or haphazardly, informed and involved patients who help decide what medications and treatments are right for them.
Shared Decisions is an outgrowth of Clinical Linkages, a company dedicated to assisting healthcare organizations in educating their patient populations to foster greater involvement and informed decision making about treatment and care.
Lisa Sams, MSN, RNC
Lisa Sams is the founder and owner of Clinical Linkages LLC, a company that assists organizations in achieving their goals with improvement in the patient experience and use of best evidence to improve outcomes for individuals and families.
In more than three decades of practice Lisa has held faculty positions at Texas Tech University and Georgetown University, directed practice for a national professional organization, and managed an NICHD project for preterm labor. She has authored textbook chapters, journal articles and presented her work with the Clinical Work Assessment Model© at national meetings.
Lisa authored Your Hospital Care: Expect the Best, a guidebook for patients and families to use with the clinical team. She is currently updating the book and adding emerging topics as well as distribution for mobile devices.
Collaborating with colleagues who bring a rich background of practice, Lisa’s blogs are an invitation to take part in the conversations around important care issues. We welcome comments and questions.