Shared decision making is key to patient-centered health care. It involves open communication between you and your doctor as you work together to make informed decisions about your health and treatment options.
Doctors are experts in medicine; you are the expert when it comes to your health care goals and wishes. By taking an active role in your health care with your doctor and other members of your health care team, the more likely you are to ask questions, learn, and receive the care you want and need. Being well informed and actively involved allows you to make decisions based on what you’ve learned and what is best for you.