CommonGround (software)

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Developer(s) Pat Deegan, PhD & Associates, LLC
Initial release October 2006
Development status Active
Operating system Cross-platform
Available in English
Type Medical software
License Proprietary, commercial

CommonGround is a web-based software program that helps mental health clients identify treatment preferences and effectively communicate them to clinicians.[1]

People diagnosed with mental health disorders are often faced with complex treatment options.[1] Shared decision making can be useful when medical evidence does not suggest a clearly optimal treatment path.[2] The program makes use of shared decision making to increase the effectiveness and efficiency of consultations, and has led to higher levels of satisfaction among clients.[1]


CommonGround was first implemented by Patricia Deegan in 2006 in conjunction with the Kansas Department of Social and Rehabilitation Services.[3] Providers can license the software for a monthly or yearly fee, which varies according to the number of users.[4]



  1. ^ a b c "AHRQ Innovations Exchange - Shared Decisionmaking Tools plus Peer Support Lead to More Efficient and Effective Mental Health Consultations and High Satisfaction". Retrieved 17 October 2010. 
  2. ^ "Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center - Center for Shared Decision Making - About Shared Decision Making". Retrieved 17 October 2010. 
  3. ^ Deegan, Patricia E.; Rapp, Charles; Holter, Mark; Riefer, Melody (June 2008). "Best Practices: A Program to Support Shared Decision Making in an Outpatient Psychiatric Medication Clinic". Psychiatric Services Journal. 59 (6): 603–605. doi:10.1176/ PMID 18511580. Retrieved 17 October 2010. 
  4. ^ "CommonGround Pricing". Pat Deegan PhD & Associates, LLC. Retrieved 6 April 2017. 

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