Shared decision making asks patients to share their aims and values for treatmentBMJ 2014; 348 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.g1435 (Published 12 February 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;348:g1435
- David W Hamilton, ear, nose, and throat registrar1
- 1Newcastle University and Freeman Hospital, Institute of Health and Society, University of Newcastle, Newcastle NE2 4AX, UK
The central assertion of Sarela’s article is that doctors should provide a clear recommendation to guide decision making.1 This is correct—the treatment recommendation is an essential part of a shared decision. However, elsewhere he asserts that medical decisions are often so complex that informed decision making by patients is “almost always impossible,” and he …
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