Mission, Purpose, Vision and Goals


The Society for Medical Decision Making aims to advance medical decision-making research and practice to improve health outcomes. Members work together with patients, clinicians, researchers, policy-makers and the public to improve the quality, patient-centeredness, and value of health decisions.


The Society for Medical Decision Making is dedicated to promoting rational and systematic approaches to decision making that will improve the health and clinical care of individuals and assist health policy formation. The cornerstones of our mission are multidisciplinary scholarship, the development of applications that benefit patients and society, the evaluation of such applications, and dissemination.


Our vision is that systematic proactive approaches should be used for decision making in health care. We are promoting an integrated approach to health care decision making based on multiple perspectives and expertise from multiple disciplines. Optimal communication among those involved in healthcare decisions will facilitate informed and shared decision-making by policy-makers, physicians, patients, and the public.

We value interdisciplinary scholarship and a global perspective on health care. Methodological excellence, both in breadth and depth, is important to us. At the same time we value the inspiring, energizing, respectful, collegial, and friendly learning environment that the Society provides. By being connected to the health care enterprise in diverse ways we hope to have a positive impact on decision making in health care.

View SMDM's 2015 - 2020 Strategic Plan


  • Improve the health and clinical care of individuals and populations by developing and promoting the use of systematic methods to deal with the uncertainties of health care decisions.

  • Foster and promote research for medical (health care) decision making.

  • Advance the scientific basis for and foster synergies between multiple areas relevant to medical decision making.

  • Develop and evaluate techniques for assisting clinician's decision making under uncertainty.

  • Develop and evaluate tools for shared decision-making with patients and the public.

  • Advance the scientific basis of the field by holding scholarly meetings, offering courses, publishing a highly ranked peer-reviewed journal, and providing information through the Society's website.

  • Provide a training ground for scholars in the field of medical decision making.

  • Serve as an incubator for the generation of new knowledge, methodological advances, and career development in decision sciences in healthcare.

  • Foster and promote international exchange and synergies between health care decision making scholars from different countries.

  • Provide a forum and professional home for our members where they can benefit from support and feedback from peers and be inspired and energized by the peer interaction.

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SMDM members contribute critically to health policy research in the areas of evidence-based medicine, cost effective health care, patient decision making and public health. SMDM helps you to be more than just a face in the crowd. The connections you make through SMDM can help you build a network of long-term contacts to help you throughout your career.

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Member Stories

Heather Taffet Gold, PhD
Heather Taffet Gold, PhD

"While my research is more methodological, I fully appreciate the exposure to clinical applications I get at SMDM."

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MDM Journal

MDM Journal

MDM offers rigorous and systematic approaches to decision making that are designed to improve the health and clinical care of individuals and to assist with health policy development.

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