PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Shared decision making (SDM) is an important part of patient-centered care. However, it is neither widely practiced nor researched in pediatric dermatology. In this article, we provide practical examples of how to engage in SDM in pediatric dermatology, and identify future areas of research. RECENT FINDINGS: Children and parents/guardians desire SDM in clinical encounters. The process is applicable to discussions of medical as well as surgical care. Additionally, SDM can help prepare children for the transition from pediatric to adult/general providers. Clinicians often want more guidance on its implementation, and there is a dearth of research on SDM or decision tools specific to pediatric dermatology. SUMMARY: SDM is underused and understudied in pediatric dermatology. This article highlights how to engage in SDM and presents opportunities for research and implementation in pediatric dermatology.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)402-409
Number of pages8
JournalCurrent opinion in pediatrics
Issue number4
StatePublished - Aug 1 2021


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