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Shared Decision Making

What is Shared Decision Making?

"No decision about me, without me" is the fundamental principle underpinning many of the current changes in NHS healthcare, and it embodies the movement to promote patient centred care and increase patient choice. Shared decision making is a process in which patients are encouraged to participate in selecting appropriate treatments or management options Shared decision making relies on two sources of expertise:

The patient is an expert on themself, their social circumstances, attitudes to illness and risk, values and preferences.

The health professional is an expert on the effectiveness, probable benefits and potential harms of treatment options

Effective strategies for enhancing the ability of patients and professionals to participate in shared decision making are:

  • action planning and goal setting
  • structured one-to-one, or group support for patients
  • training to enhance the skills of healthcare professionals
  • the use of decision aids

Shared Decision Making in Eastern Cheshire

For increased shared decision making to become a reality we are working on two specific areas:

  • Decision Assisted Tools - (Patient Decision Aids (PDAs) are designed to help patients make difficult decisions about their treatments and medical tests. They are used when there is no clinical evidence to suggest that one treatment is better than another and patients need help in deciding which option will be best for them) for more information visit Shared Decision Making website.
  • Self Care