This article defines shared decision making in patient care and describes the background to this philosophy. The shared decision making approach is part of a wider initiative to promote patient-centred care and increase patient involvement in clinical decisions. Shared decision making recognises patients’ rights to make decisions about their care and is used to assist them to make informed and individualised decisions about care and treatment. As well as reviewing the principles of shared decision making, the article offers practical guidance on how nurses can implement this initiative, including information on sharing expertise, agenda setting, assessing risks and benefits, setting goals, and support and follow up.
Nursing Standard. 29, 31, 50-57. doi: 10.7748/ns.29.31.50.e8570Peer review
This article has been subject to double blind peer review
Received: 11 November 2014
Accepted: 16 January 2015
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