Doctors and patients should share more decision-making

27th September 2016

The National Institute of Health and Care Excellence (NICE) is encouraging doctors and patients to share decision-making as it can ‘improve the quality of the decisions and patient satisfaction’.

NICE, which provides national guidance and advice to improve health and social care, has launched an action plan and a range of recommendations to put patients at the heart of the decisions being made about their own care.

Shared decision-making is described as a process in which doctors and patients work together to select tests, treatments, and management or support packages based on clinical evidence and the patient’s informed preferences.

“It involves providing evidence-based information about options, outcomes and uncertainties, together with decision support counselling and a system for recording and implementing patients’ informed preferences, says a consensus statement issued by a group of organisations and individuals committed to thinking about shared decision making in the UK and backed by NICE.

The group, called the Shared Decision Making Collaborative, has issued the recommendations to encourage a shared decision-making culture in the NHS.

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