Shared Decision Making

Updated on 5th July 2016 at 12:54 pm

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SHARED DECISION MAKING

Shared decision making (SDM) is the conversation that happens between a patient and their health professional to reach a healthcare choice together. This conversation needs patients and professionals to understand what is important to the other person when choosing a treatment.

WHAT IS A DECISION AID?

Patient Decision Aids are specially designed information resources that help people make decisions about difficult healthcare options.  They will help you to think about why one option is better for you than another. People’s views change over time depending on their experiences and who they talk to. Understanding what is important to you about your decision will help you choose the option that is best for you.

Shared Decision Making encourages people to ask their health professional three questions:

  • What are my options?
  • What are the possible benefits and risks?
  • How can we make a decision together that is right for me?

Useful links:

https://www.england.nhs.uk/ourwork/pe/sdm/

http://sdm.rightcare.nhs.uk/shared-decision-making-sheets/

http://sdm.rightcare.nhs.uk/videos/

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