Shared Decision Making is a process in which patients, when they reach a decision crossroads in their healthcare, can review all the treatment options available to them and participate actively with their healthcare professional in making that decision. With current, clinical information, relevant to their particular condition, about all the options available to them patients are supported to work through any questions they may have, explore the options available, and take a treatment route which best suits their individual needs and preferences.

Shared Decision Making takes advantage of healthcare professionals as experts on treatment options, and the individual in the driver’s seat to consider what’s important to them, such as their circumstances, lifestyle, personal values and values, and attitude to risk. Shared decision making helps to ensure that patients are fully informed about their illness and the options for treatment/management.

Please see the links below for more information about shared decision making and decision aids, specially designed information resources that help people make difficult decisions about their medical tests and treatment.

 

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