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Shared decision making won’t happen by magic

Wednesday 1 May 2013

A recent OPM evaluation of the Health Foundation’s Magic (Making Good Decisions in Collaboration) programme identified important lessons about how clinical teams can take the practical steps needed to implement shared decision making.

Shared decision-making is a process where patients and clinicians work together to come to an agreement on a particular course of action, ensuring health services respond to what matters to the patient. It sounds simple, but it is counter-cultural: we train our doctors to find out what’s wrong and then to fix it; our nurses to follow protocols; our patients to defer. Making shared decision making “the norm” – as the government committed to doing in the 2010 NHS White Paper – within a hard-pressed health service, remains a challenge.

Read the full article on The Guardian website.