Shared decision making leads to a better patient experience

Shared decision making leads to a better patient experience

Author: The Guardian (Steve Laitner)

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In this article, Dr Steven Laitner, National Clinical Lead for the Right Care Shared Decision Making Programme, briefly explores the benefits of shared decision making and highlights work by the Right Care shared decision making programme to develop patient decision aids.

The article briefly explores the benefits of shared decision making, including that it can reduce treatment disagreements, lead to more realistic expectations, reduce clinically unwarranted treatments, and potentially reduce litigation. Importantly, patients are more likely to stick with a course of action or treatment when they have chosen it, rather than had it foisted upon them. It leads to a better patient experience. He also highlights work by the Right Care shared decision making programme to develop patient decision aids.

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