Shared decision making: what do clinicians need to know and why should they bother?

Debora Picone
Med J Aust 2014; 201 (9): . || doi: 10.5694/mja14.01022
Published online: 3 November 2014

To the Editor: The article by Hoffman and colleagues1 outlines the importance of fully involving people in decisions about their health care. There is an ethical imperative to ensure that both patients and the community obtain the best value possible from the resources that are used to provide health care. A low-technology intervention that can help meet the expectations for better value care should be warmly embraced. We now need to find practical ways to increase the use of shared decision making in routine practice.

  • Debora Picone

  • Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care, Sydney, NSW.

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