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This toolkit contains information and resources to promote Veterans’ engagement in evidence-based psychotherapies (EBPs) through the use of shared decision-making, beginning prior to the initiation of treatment. Increasingly part of high quality, patient-centered care in other health care contexts, shared decision-making principles and processes provide significant opportunities for promoting initial and ongoing engagement in EBPs.
The primary focus of this toolkit is on identifying key components and steps for implementing a pre-treatment Shared Decision-Making (SDM) session to increase initial engagement in EBPs. This SDM Session is a highly collaborative process designed to promote informed choice, treatment motivation, and patient readiness for EBP. The SDM Session includes 6 key components.
In addition to providing tools to promote initial engagement, the toolkit includes treatment process and related resources for increasing ongoing engagement for Veterans who choose to receive EBPs. This toolkit is made available as a public education resource to support mental health providers and program administrators both within the VA health care system and in the community.
Although the focus of this toolkit is on promoting the engagement of Veterans in evidence-based psychotherapies, the principles and processes of shared decision-making, informed choice, and patient engagement described in the toolkit offer opportunities for enhancing the treatment experience and maximizing outcomes more broadly. Indeed, the concepts and strategies recommended in the toolkit represent core components and processes for maximizing engagement and outcomes that may also be incorporated into other types of mental health services.
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