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Community Ment Health J. 2010 Oct;46(5):474-81. doi: 10.1007/s10597-010-9327-z. Epub 2010 Jun 23.

Developing a framework to support shared decision making for youth mental health medication treatment.

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University of Kansas School of Social Welfare, 1545 Lilac Lane, Lawrence, KS 66044-3184, USA.


Medical shared decision making has demonstrated success in increasing collaboration between clients and practitioners for various health decisions. As the importance of a shared decision making approach becomes increasingly valued in the adult mental health arena, transfer of these ideals to youth and families of youth in the mental health system is a logical next step. A review of the literature and preliminary, formative feedback from families and staff at a Midwestern urban community mental health center guided the development of a framework for youth shared decision making. The framework includes three functional areas (1) setting the stage for youth shared decision making, (2) facilitating youth shared decision making, and (3) supporting youth shared decision making. While still in the formative stages, the value of a specific framework for a youth model in support of moving from a client-practitioner value system to a systematic, intentional process is evident.

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