At your clinic visit, shared decision making is a collaborative process that allows you and your healthcare providers to make decisions together, taking into account the best scientific evidence available, as well as your personal values and preferences.
Shared decision making honors both the healthcare provider’s expert knowledge and your right to be fully informed of all care options and the potential harms and benefits. This process provides you with the support you need to make choices that are best for you, while allowing healthcare providers to feel confident in the care they recommend.
In the clinic, shared decision making may involve a health coaching session with a healthcare professional — or simple conversation with your family doctor about options – and the advantages and disadvantages of each option.
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We know that many health care decisions are not necessarily made at the doctor’s office or even with a healthcare provider. There may be other important people in your life that can help you make decisions. Shared decision making empowers you to make informed medical decisions in the doctor’s office, with your friends or family, and in your everyday life.
In your everyday life, shared decision making may involve talking to friends, family, or other important people in your life about each other’s experiences and to discuss options, advantages, and disadvantages
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