Implementing shared decision making in the UK

A report for the Health Foundation

July 2010

Angela Coulter
Thumbnail

Key points

  • Patients who have participated in shared decision-making projects have usually been overwhelmingly positive about them
  • Various barriers can inhibit the implementation of shared decision making, including:
    • culture and attitudes
    • resources and time pressures 
    • systems and incentives.
  • It will be necessary to consider a number of practical factors when carrying out shared decision making implementation projects, such as:
    • the scope and focus of the programme
    • the choice of topic and practice setting
    • the development and use of appropriate decision aids such as videos, DVDs and web applications.
  • While promoting the theory of shared decision making is not difficult, it may be harder to generate sufficient interest to get people to incorporate it into their daily routines.

Through interviews with almost 40 experts, this report explores how shared decision making can be embedded into clinical practice as a core part of mainstream health services.

This report has been produced to help the Health Foundation develop a demonstration project to assist in the implementation of shared decision making. This is the process of encouraging patients to participate in selecting appropriate treatments or management options.

You might also like...

Newsletter feature

Improving the health and wellbeing of 1.5m NHS employees

We interview Anya Gopfert about how the NHS can develop its role as a healthy employer.

Blog

The art of the possible: The role of the NHS in improving health

Dominique Allwood outlines four ways we think the NHS can make a positive difference on health and wellbeing.

Blog

The NHS must focus on becoming a better employer

Anita Charlesworth, Candace Imison and Richard Murray look in detail at solutions across the different policy levers for work...

Kjell-bubble-diagramArtboard 101

Work with us

We look for talented and passionate individuals as everyone at the Health Foundation has an important role to play.

View current vacancies
Artboard 101 copy 2

The Q Community

Q is an initiative connecting people with improvement expertise across the UK.

Find out more