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Patient participation in surgical treatment decision-making can be measured using a 16-item scale with four distinct dimensions
  1. Carole Doherty
  1. Department of Health Care Management and Policy, University of Surrey, Guildford, Surrey, UK
  1. Correspondence to: Dr Carole Doherty, Department of Health Care Management and Policy, University of Surrey, Guildford, Surrey GU2 7XH, UK; c.doherty{at}surrey.ac.uk

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Implications for practice and research

  • It should not be assumed that all patients want to be actively involved in decision-making.

  • To enhance our understanding of patient participation and to support its implementation in practice, ethnographic research with patients, including interviews and observations, is required.

  • An exploration of the sphere of informed consent is also required with a view to framing defensible decision-making in this complex area of practice.

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This paper describes and tests an instrument designed to measure clinicians’ perceptions of how they involve patients in surgical treatment decision-making. The researchers argue that in the context of the various …

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