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National commitment to shared decision making

BMJ 2017; 359 doi: (Published 20 October 2017) Cite this as: BMJ 2017;359:j4746
  1. Gillian Leng, deputy chief executive1,
  2. Celia Ingham Clark, medical director for clinical effectiveness2,
  3. Kate Brian, women’s voices lead3,
  4. Gemma Partridge, national medical director’s clinical fellow1
  1. 1National Institute for Health and Care Excellence, London, UK
  2. 2NHS England, London, UK
  3. 3Women’s Network, Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, London, UK
  1. Correspondence to: G Leng gillian.leng{at}

The only way to achieve truly person centred care

NICE and NHS England are working with the Shared Decision Making Collaborative to encourage shared decision making in England.1 The collaborative, established in 2015, brings together over 40 individuals and organisations with a commitment to work to promote shared decision making in UK health systems, drawing on national and international expertise. Its broad ambition is to make shared decision making the norm through clinical education, by making effective patient decision aids available, and by raising people’s expectations of having an active role in determining the best care for them based on their values and preferences.

NICE is committed to developing decision aids based on clinical guidelines, and NHS England is committed to embedding shared decision making in its strategic and practical developments. NICE …

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