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From shared decision making to patient-centered decision making
© Fineberg; licensee BioMed Central Ltd. 2012
- Received: 15 November 2011
- Accepted: 30 January 2012
- Published: 30 January 2012
Shared decision making involving patients and physicians has gained adherents in Israel and other countries and has many virtues. This commentary argues that medical decision making should ideally be shaped by the particular needs and preferences of the patient, which may be to share in decision making, or at times call for a physician to assume full responsibility for decisions or, at the other extreme, to support and guide a patient who wishes to decide autonomously on what to do.
This is a commentary on http://www.ijhpr.org/content/1/1/5/
- Decision Making
- Shared Decision
- Care Decision
- Patient Involvement
- Medical Encounter
HVF is president of the Institute of Medicine. He formerly served as provost of Harvard University and as dean of the Harvard School of Public Health.
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