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Benefits As medical decisions are always complicated, therefore, it is essential for general citizens to welcome information from healthcare providers, caregivers, or even from patients. The primary goal of SDM is to enlighten patient and provide them with access of the evidence-based decisions that further aid the patients in learning them about their care options and make decisions that align with their preferences and care goals. Hence, the tools like interactive media and multimedia are meant to be the partners of the conversation, taking place between the patient and healthcare provider. This can help in guiding the patients in forming strong decision even when they are stuck in complicated situations. E xperts believe the despite hurdles and obstructions, SDM can have a positive impact on the clinical elements. A study published in 2012 illustrated that SDM helps patients in revealing anxiety about the health care costs, which further allows the patients in choosing the best and personal care priorities and treatment budgets. A separate study reveals that SDM reduces the preventable hospital readmissions, which aid the patients in deciding the best treatment that is beneficial for them. S DM also supports informing the value-based care models. Using these models, patients can opt-out of the expensive and potentially ineffective treatment options and can choose an option that works for their imminent needs. This is more likely to yield long-lasting results in the long-term. For example, in the last stage of cancer, a patient can pursue less aggressive treatment based on the comfort at the end of their life . It is important for them to live the last moments of their life as comfortable as possible. Ultimately , SDM can be counted as the key that ensures that the patients see results that they truly want. Physicians are experts on the diseases; hence, they are the best person who can provide insights into the treatment. They can enlighten patients with the side effects or other various aspects of the treatment that can influence patient’s lives. SDM ensures that healthcare providers accommodate the patient preference in the care. In the end, it depends on the patient what he/she prefers, their needs, values, and their incorporation of the treatment planning. Allowing patient’s participation in their own care can be the key for a better outcome and higher patient satisfaction. Physicians that implements and practice SDM must share their models so they can offer the benefits linked to the practice. Consequently, this will make it easier and more workable for other hospitals and clinics to foster SDM into their healthcare. 28 | December 2018