Shared decision-making ensures that individuals are supported to make clinical decisions that are right for them. It is a joint process where the health care professional supports the patient to reach a decision about their treatment.
The conversation brings together:
- the clinician’s expertise/treatment options, evidence, risks and benefits
- what the patient knows best: their preferences, personal circumstances
When you attend an appointment with a health care professional, you will want to discuss your treatment options.
The Mid and South Essex Integrated Care System have developed a useful card to encourage you to Ask Four Questions.
You might want to use the card to help you to make personal choices and come to a shared decision with your health care professional about the best outcome for you.
The leaflet and card are available from your GP Practice or can be downloaded by clicking the link below: