Shared decision making

What is shared decision making? 

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

What is the evidence for shared decision making?

Moderate quality evidence suggests improved subjective empowerment with shared decision making. There were no benefits for risk of compulsory treatment, relationship with clinician or decision-making ability and knowledge.

September 2020

Last updated at: 4:21 am, 14th September 2020
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