How should patients behave to facilitate shared decision making – the doctors’ view
Article first published online: 30 MAY 2011
© 2011 Blackwell Publishing Ltd
Volume 15, Issue 4, pages 360–366, December 2012
How to Cite
Hamann, J., Mendel, R., Bühner, M., Kissling, W., Cohen, R., Knipfer, E. and Eckstein, H.-H. (2012), How should patients behave to facilitate shared decision making – the doctors’ view. Health Expectations, 15: 360–366. doi: 10.1111/j.1369-7625.2011.00682.x
- Issue published online: 8 NOV 2012
- Article first published online: 30 MAY 2011
- Accepted for publication 23 March 2011
- doctor–patient communication;
- patient autonomy;
- shared decision making
Objective To study how physicians feel about patients’ efforts to be engaged in shared decision making (SDM).
Study setting and design Survey of physicians from distinctly different medical disciplines (238 psychiatrists and 169 vascular surgeons). Participants were requested to judge which patient behaviours they find helpful and which behaviours detrimental for SDM.
Results Psychiatrists and surgeons had rather positive attitudes about active patient behaviours. However, there were quite a few patient behaviours (e.g. searching the Internet, being assertive towards the doctor) which provoked ambivalent or negative attitudes.
Discussion and conclusions Physicians are generally quite open towards active patient behaviour in the consultation. They, however, do consider it as less helpful and become more annoyed if patients insist on their preferences and doubt their doctors’ recommendations. Physicians must realize that SDM implies giving up decisional power and try to be more flexible in their interactions with patients.