Why shared decision making is not good enough: lessons from patients
SourceJournal of Medical Ethics, 40, 7, (2014), pp. 493-495
Article / Letter to editor
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Journal of Medical Ethics
SubjectRadboudumc 18: Healthcare improvement science RIHS: Radboud Institute for Health Sciences
A closer look at the lived illness experiences of medical professionals themselves shows that shared decision making is in need of a logic of care. This paper underlines that medical decision making inevitably takes place in a messy and uncertain context in which sharing responsibilities may impose a considerable burden on patients. A better understanding of patients' lived experiences enables healthcare professionals to attune to what individual patients deem important in their lives.This will contribute to making medical decisions in a good and caring manner, taking into account the lived experience of being ill.
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