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Shared decision making is key to good patient care

Effective decision making based on conversations between doctors and patients is fundamental to good care, according to guidance published by the General Medical Council (GMC).

New Decision making and consent guidance takes effect from Monday 9 November and follows extensive consultation with doctors, patient groups, health service employers and healthcare and legal experts.  The guidance will help doctors have meaningful conversations with patients about their treatment and care options, and is designed to be easy to follow, taking account of the pressures doctors are under at work. More....