Shared decision making

What is shared decision making?

Shared decision making aims to support people during specialist mental health treatment, encouraging them to be active in the decision making process regarding their pharmacological and psychoeducational treatment options, by keeping them informed and involved. Shared decision making interventions often utilise a decision-making tool, involving the person in the decision making process in conjunction with nursing support, ensuring that they understand the clinical problem, exploring their worries, fears, and expectations, discussing potential treatment options, and ensuring the implications of these options are understood. There is also provision for opportunities to review decisions.

What is the evidence for shared decision making?

Low quality evidence is unclear as to the benefit of shared decision making for mood symptoms, functioning or quality of life. Review authors conclude that there is need for further research in this area.

November 2021

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Last updated at: 3:30 pm, 8th November 2021
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