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Shared Decision-Making Empowers Patients with Information and Options to Benefit Bone and Joint Care

By Admin | January 01, 2021

ROSEMONT, Ill., /PRNewswire/ -- The importance of involving patients in the decision-making process for orthopaedic surgical procedures is the focus of a new review article published in the December issue of the Journal of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons® (JAAOS). The literature review took a close look at the concept and practice of shared decision-making (SDM) and the ways it empowers patients to make educated decisions that are aligned with their views and values. 

SDM is a process of communication between the physician and a patient that incorporates a two-way exchange of information in which the physician, an expert in evidence, educates the patient on the risks, benefits and alternatives to treatment. The patient, an expert in themselves, educates the physician on their values and preferences so the two parties can come to a mutual decision.i, ii Studies suggest that most patients prefer to share decisions with physicians rather than take on completely autonomous or passive roles.iii,iv 

SDM has been shown to:

  • Reduce decisional conflict (e.g., uncertainty over which course of action to take)
  • Increase patient knowledgev
  • Improve health outcomes and increase patient satisfactionvi

"Shared decision-making is a partnership fueled by a discussion that should be initiated by the physician," said Robert A. Probe, MD, FAAOS, orthopaedic surgeon at Baylor Scott & White Health, Temple, TX. "Our experience suggests that many orthopaedic surgeons lack an understanding of how to...(More)

For more information please read, Shared Decision-Making Empowers Patients with Information and Options to Benefit Bone and Joint Care, by PR Newswire

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