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Salzburg statement on shared decision making

BMJ 2011; 342 doi: (Published 22 March 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;342:d1745
  1. Salzburg Global Seminar
  1. Correspondence to: Glyn Elwyn, Department of Primary Care and Public Health, Cardiff University, Cardiff, UK elwyng{at}

In December 2010, 58 people from 18 countries attended a Salzburg Global Seminar to consider the role patients can and should play in healthcare decisions.1 Those listed below have agreed a statement that calls on patients and clinicians to work together to be coproducers of health.

Salzburg statement on shared decision making

We call on clinicians to:
  • Recognise that they have an ethical imperative to share important decisions with patients

  • Stimulate a two way flow of information and encourage patients to ask questions, explain their circumstances, and express their personal preferences

  • Provide accurate information about options and the uncertainties, benefits, and harms of treatment in line with best practice for …

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