Overcoming Overuse Part 5: Is Shared Decision Making Our Excalibur?

Simon Decary*, Joshua R. Zadro, Mary O'Keeffe, Zoe A. Michaleff, Adrian C. Traeger, France Legare

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Shared decision making is recommended as a strategy to help patients identify what matters most to them and make informed decisions about musculoskeletal care. In part 5 of the Overcoming Overuse series, we look at the evidence supporting shared decision making as a strategy to help curb overuse. Using shared decision making in clinical consultations may help to reduce the overuse of options that are not beneficial and to increase use of care supported by evidence. Shared decision making could support clinicians in promoting uptake of active rehabilitation options with a favorable balance of benefits to harms. Shared decision making facilitates conversations about unnecessary tests or treatments and could be a key strategy for overcoming overuse.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)53-56
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Orthopaedic and Sports Physical Therapy
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2021


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