The promise of shared decision making in healthcare


The number of people with chronic or long-term physical and mental illnesses has increased and will continue to do so. Many must learn to live with one or more diseases throughout their lives. Healthcare service must therefore support, to a greater extent, individuals living with illness. An important part of this transition is to improve the use of patients’ knowledge and resources to organize treatment in accordance with their own needs and values. Patient-centered healthcare can provide better patient experiences, better professional quality, and the possibility of slowing down resource consumption. Therefore, patient-centered initiatives have taken center stage in discussions on how to improve quality in healthcare service as discussed by Berry (2019) in this issue of the AMS Review. A cornerstone of patient-centered care is shared decision making, where healthcare professionals and patients work together to reach a shared healthcare choice.

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Steffensen, K.D. The promise of shared decision making in healthcare. AMS Rev 9, 105–109 (2019).

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  • Shared decision making
  • Patient-centered healthcare
  • Cancer care
  • Clinical decision making
  • Outcome measures
  • Patient decision aids