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What is Shared Decision Making?


What is Shared Decision Making?

Shared Decision Making is a process in which patients, when they reach a decision crossroads in their health care, can review the treatment options available to them.

With current, clinical information, relevant to their particular condition, patients will be helped to work through any questions they may have, explore the options available, and take a treatment route which best suits their needs and expectations.

The Government’s ambition is to achieve healthcare outcomes that are amongst the best in the world.  This can only be realised by involving patients fully in their own care, with decisions made in partnership with clinicians, rather than by clinicians alone: no decision about me, without me.

To achieve this we need to encourage patients, carers and the public to work alongside, in equal partnership, with clinicians and managers. This puts Shared Decision Making not only at the care level but also at the strategic and commissioning level with patients involved in the co-design, co-commissioning and indeed co-production of healthcare.

Without this change we will not get the required transformational culture change of Shared Decision Making.

Shared Decision Making provides a new paradigm for managing the inexorable demand for healthcare where demand is managed by informed and empowered patients making rational healthcare decisions.