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Better Doctors, Better Patients, Better DecisionsEnvisioning Health Care 2020$
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Gerd Gigerenzer and J.A. Muir Gray

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780262016032

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: May 2016

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262016032.001.0001

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Do Patients Want Shared Decision Making and How Is This Measured?

Do Patients Want Shared Decision Making and How Is This Measured?

(p.53) 4 Do Patients Want Shared Decision Making and How Is This Measured?
Better Doctors, Better Patients, Better Decisions

Martin Härter

Daniela Simon

The MIT Press

Shared decision making is an approach where clinicians and patients communicate together using the best available evidence when faced with the task of making decisions. The chapter presents an overview of current research that focuses on patient participation, the level to which patients want to be involved in medical decisions, and strategies that assess the measurement of these preferences. While most patients (> 80%) want detailed information and physicians often underestimate this need, some patients clearly indicate a strong preference to participate in decision making. Patients’ preferences for participation can vary depending on factors such as age, gender, experience of illness, and relationship with the physician. At present, only a few psychometrically sound instruments are available to measure patients’ preferences for participation.

Keywords:   Strüngmann Forum Reports, clinician-patient relationship, information access, international comparisons, patient participation, positive relationship with health care professional, shared decision making

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