Coulter, A., & Collins, A. (2011). Making shared decision-making a reality: No decision about me, without me. The King’s Fund. Retrieved from http://www.kingsfund.org.uk/publications/nhs_decisionmaking.html
“Making shared decision-making a reality: No decision about me, without me aims to… clarify what is meant by the term shared decision-making and what skills and resources are required to implement it and it also outlines what action is needed to make this vision a reality.
The principle of shared decision-making in the context of a clinical consultation is that it should:
- support patients to articulate their understanding of their condition and of what they hope treatment (or self-management support) will achieve
- inform patients about their condition, about the treatment or support options available, and about the benefits and risks of each
- ensure that patients and clinicians arrive at a decision based on mutual understanding of this information
- record and implement the decision reached.
The paper outlines the importance of communication skills and sets out how clinicians might approach consultations to arrive at shared decisions. It also suggests that tools that help patients in making decisions are just as important as guidelines for clinicians.”