Use of a template to facilitate shared decision making in medication therapy management (MTM) is effective, according to research published in the Journal of the American Pharmacists Association.

Katherine M Schafer, PharmD, and colleagues conducted a study to evaluate the potential efficacy, feasibility, and acceptability of using a template-based intervention to facilitate shared decision making in MTM consultations at an internal medicine clinic.

The researchers analyzed patients’ electronic health record use during the intervention, as well as post-appointment surveys administered to patients and pharmacists to determine the potential efficacy of shared decision making. Twenty patients and 4 pharmacists participated in the study, and the researchers found that patients and pharmacists “appreciated the intervention,” Dr Schafer wrote.

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“Some pharmacists had concerns including consultation length and shared decision making applicability,” Dr Schafer noted. “On average, 2 drug therapy problems (DTPs) were identified per consultation, and were most commonly related to appropriate compliance, appropriate indication, medication effectiveness, and safety.”

“Using a template … appears to be effective, feasible, and acceptable,” Dr Schafer concluded. “DTP identification exemplifies a potential application of template-guided shared decision making.”


  1. Schafer KM, Gionfriddo MR, Boehm DH. Shared decision making and medication therapy management with the use of an interactive template. J Am Pharm Assoc.  2016;56(2):166-172; doi: 10.1016/j.japh.2015.12.013