Value & Access Resources

SHARED Decision-Making Guides for Healthcare Providers and Patients

In shared decision-making, healthcare providers and patients work together to make the best possible healthcare decisions. These decisions consider evidence about available options, the clinician’s experience, and the patient’s values and preferences. There is evidence that shared decision-making contributes to improvements in health. These resources, developed by the National Forum’s Value & Access Collaboration, are guides for healthcare providers and patients to engage in shared decision-making using the SHARED approach.

For Providers and Patients

The full guide includes:

  • Sample questions and talking points providers can use to discuss statins and other treatment with patients and encourage shared decision-making
  • A fillable treatment planning form to document shared decision-making conversations
  • Patient education handout written in plain language and with engaging visuals and treatment planning forms
  • Patients can bring the full guides to medical visits to support discussions about treatment with their healthcare provider.


5-page guide for patients at risk for ASCVD, describes ASCVD risk factors and recommended treatment for each risk level
ASCVD (English) English | ASCVD (Spanish) Spanish

Statin Treatment Planning:

6-page guide for patients new to statin treatment, describes role of LDL cholesterol in atherosclerosis and benefits of statin treatment to reduce LDL cholesterol
Statin Treatment Guide (English) English | Statin Treatment Guide (Spanish) Spanish

Statin and Other Cholesterol-Lowering Therapy:

4-page guide for patients already on statin treatment and experiencing side effects, describes options for non-statin therapy
Statin and Other Cholesterol-Lowering Therapy (English) English | Statin and Other Cholesterol-Lowering Therapy (Spanish) Spanish

Familial Hypercholesterolemia (FH):

6-page guide for patients diagnosed with or at risk for FH, explains what the condition is and describes the effect of different FH treatment on LDL cholesterol
Familial Hypercholesterolemia (English) English | Familial Hypercholesterolemia (Spanish) Spanish

Flu Vaccination Decision-Making Guide:

4-page guide for patients and providers to discuss flu vaccination options including benefits, risks, and considerations
Flu Vaccination (English) English | Flu Vaccination (Spanish) Spanish

Share These Guides

We invite you to share these resources with your members and colleagues via social media, e-newsletters, conferences, and other relevant opportunities. Please click here for draft messaging, thumbnails and URLs that you can use in your dissemination efforts. If we can be of any assistance in your outreach efforts, please reach out to Jen Childress.