Shared Decision Making

Shared Care Planning for Chronic Diseases

We aim to involve our patients as much as possible with any decisions about their care. This involves providing information and guidance where appropriate, as well as treating patients individually and according to their own specific circumstances, priorities and goals.

To aid us with this we are introducing shared care planning for chronic diseases; we already offer choice and guidance for hospital referrals via Choose and Book, and we now have access to patient decision aids for certain medical conditions. These are online interactive tools to help a patient decide on what treatment best suits them for a condition where there may be more than one treatment available. Your doctor may signpost you to one of these patient decision aids but there is no barrier to anyone accessing them at any time.

If you think you may have one of the following conditions you can find a patient decision aid to help you along with advice on other problems by visiting the Shared Decision Making website.

  • Arthritis of hip and knee
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Cataract
  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
  • Depression
  • Diabetes
  • Glue ear
  • Heavy menstrual bleeding (menorrhagia)
  • High blood pressure
  • High cholesterol
  • Inguinal hernia
  • Prostate cancer
  • Lower urinary tract symptoms
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Obesity
  • Osteoarthritis of the hip and knee
  • Recurrent sore throat