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 The Downland Practice

Shared Decision Making

Shared decision making (SDM) is the conversation that happens between a patient and their health professional to reach a healthcare choice together. This conversation needs patients and professionals to understand what is important to the other person when choosing a treatment.


Using A Decision Aid

Decision Aids are designed to help people make decisions about difficult healthcare choices.  They have good quality information about all the options and the health problem, and questions to help you think about what is important to you.

Going through a Decision Aid will help you make an informed decision about which option is best for you.


Each Decision Aid is split in to four steps which guide you through the process of making this decision.


  • Step 1 (Introduction) - describing the health problem, treatment options and decisions to be made. Further, background information is also provided about the condition itself.
  • Step 2 (Compare options) - accurate information on the similarities and differences between treatment options
  • Step 3 (My Views) - here you are asked for your personal likes and dislikes about the different treatments 
  • Step 4 (My Trade-offs) - helping you to trade-off the advantages and disadvantages of each option 



For more information about the Shared Decision Making process, follow this link




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