Involving patients in care decisions

Patients should be more involved in decisions about their care, says NICE

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A new collaborative, made up of the UK’s leading health care organisations including NICE, has set out plans that aim to get patients more involved in decisions about their care.

The Shared Decision Making Collaborative has published a consensus statement and action plan outlining each organisation’s intentions and commitments to promote a move away from paternal medicine, so that care is delivered with the patient, not at the patient.

David Haslam, Chair of NICE, talks about the benefits of clinicians and patients making decisions together via his NICE blog, Working together to put patients at the heart of decisions about their care

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