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