The King's Fund

Making shared decision-making a reality

  • Format: Printed copy
  • Author(s): Alf Collins, Angela Coulter
  • Publication date: 28-Jul-2011

The government wants to place patients’ needs, wishes and preferences at the heart of clinical decision-making, a vision articulated by the Secretary of State for Health, Andrew Lansley, in the phrase ‘nothing about me, without me’. But what does this mean in practice?

Making shared decision-making a reality: No decision about me, without me aims to answer that question. It clarifies what is meant by the term shared decision-making and what skills and resources are required to implement it and it also outlines what action is needed to make this vision a reality.