Shared decision making in chronic medication use: Scenarios depicting exemplary care.
Ward J., Kalsi D., Barnett N., Fulford BK., Handa A.
Patient-centred care includes patients and their values in the healthcare decision-making process. Shared decision-making is essential for patient satisfaction, medication adherence, and positive clinical outcomes. It also empowers patients to play an active role in managing their health condition by improving their sense of agency, allowing them to personalise their care. Long-term prescriptions are an unexplored area where shared decision-making could be impactful. This paper provides 5 common clinical prescription scenarios pertaining to route of administration, medication timing, side effects, and length of prescription. Minor tailoring of treatment plans could significantly improve clinical outcomes. These serve as exemplars as to how to personalise prescriptions through shared decision making in accordance with patient values.