Developer(s)Pat Deegan, PhD & Associates, LLC
Initial releaseOctober 2006
Available inEnglish
TypeMedical software
LicenseCommercial proprietary software

CommonGround is a Web app that helps mental health clients identify treatment preferences and effectively communicate them to clinicians. CommonGround Software supports shared-decision making in behavioral health. It brings the voice of the individual to the center of the care team. In this way, the team can focus on "what matters to you" rather than "what's the matter with you?"[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 and 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. 59 (6): 603–605. doi:10.1176/ PMID 18511580. Archived from the original on 27 July 2011. Retrieved 17 October 2010.
  4. ^ "CommonGround Pricing". Pat Deegan PhD & Associates, LLC. Retrieved 6 April 2017.