Shared decision making in psychiatric medicines management
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Shared decision making in psychiatric medicines management

Mary Jane O’Sullivan Community psychiatric nurse, Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Foundation Trust
Sarah Rae Service user, Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Foundation Trust

When service users can participate in consultations, there are positive outcomes for everyone involved, say Mary Jane O’Sullivan and Sarah Rae

It is increasingly recognised that shared decision making should be routine in all areas of health care. However, although evidence of its effectiveness is emerging, it is not yet standard practice. Reactions from participants in a study of shared decision making for medicines management in mental health care were positive. This way of working is supported by providing good quality information about medicines and alternative treatments, implementing structures that enable the service user’s preferences to be recorded and valued, and acknowledging power differentials and reluctance to change current practice.

Mental Health Practice. 17, 8, 16-22. doi: 10.7748/mhp2014.



Peer review

This article has been subject to double blind peer review

Conflict of interest

None declared

Received: 19 May 2013

Accepted: 01 October 2013

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