Healthcare Decision Making or Shared Decision Making (SDM) is a collaborative process in which patients and their healthcare providers make decisions about care considering both the most updated scientific information and the patient’s own values and preferences.
Healthcare Decision Making is valuable because it provides the patient with the provider’s expert knowledge, so that the patient can make informed decisions about their care. This collaboration of patient and provider allows patients to be informed of potential harms and benefits of different treatments and methods. This process is used so patients can individualize their healthcare and be supported by their providers. Health Care Decision Making is essential to find the best option for a patient based on their personal values and needs.
Examples of healthcare decision making in practice – SDM is used when deciding on treatment options such as medication choices, prevention choices and surgery options.
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