All people deserve a say in choices about their medical care. Even people who have been appointed legal guardians should be part of the decision-making process. Supported Decision Making (SDM) team members can facilitate discussion between medical professionals and patients who may have different communication styles. The use of SDM in the medical setting ensures that patients with disabilities have a full understanding of the decisions that need to be made and are meaningfully involved in the informed consent process.

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How to Use this Tool: Patients and Supporters

This document gives an overview of how patients and supporters can use the Blood Draw Tool before and during doctor’s appointments.

How to Use this Tool: Healthcare Providers

This document provides information about Supported-Decision Making (SDM) and how it can be used in healthcare.

Blood Draw Tool

This is a comic strip showing the step-by-step process of getting your blood drawn at the doctor’s office.

Blood Draw Tool: Panel-by-Panel

This is the Blood Draw Tool shown in a panel-by-panel format.

Watch our Blood Draw Tool Video below: