Increasing Uptake of Shared Decision Making in Behavioral Health

A PCC Initiative Funded by PCORI
PCC has a long history of convening diverse stakeholders to collaborate on new approaches to advanced primary care. Behavioral health integration (BHI) and person/family-centered care are key priorities for the PCC, as articulated in our vision for primary care embodied in the seven Shared Principles of Primary Care.


From July 1, 2020, to June 30, 2021, PCC is carrying out a project titled “Increasing Uptake of Shared Decision Making in Behavioral Health.” This project is funded by a Eugene Washington PCORI Engagement Award for Community Convening.

As part of this project, PCC is hosting a roundtable of expert leaders from diverse stakeholder groups that will leverage our relationships in both behavioral health and primary care as well as our knowledge of how to engage patients and clinicians in shared decision-making (SDM). The roundtable will identify barriers and enablers to SDM in behavioral health, including for vulnerable populations, in order to develop recommendations on how to increase its prevalence.

The group will leverage results from key PCORI studies such as “Shared Decision-Making Coaching for Behavioral Health Providers & Patients,” led by Dr. Margarita Algeria, who is participating in this project. In addition, this project will be guided by the broader evidence base, PCC’s own work in SDM through a recent CMS grant, and input from key leaders including and beyond PCC’s existing Behavioral Health-Primary Care Integration workgroup.

PCC will disseminate the results of the roundtable, including a conference summary with recommendations. PCC will also host a public webinar to answer questions and increase understanding of the major identified themes and recommendations. This webinar, along with the lay conference summary and formal recommendations, will be disseminated through PCC member networks, and the findings will be highlighted at PCC’s 2021 annual conference.


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