Doctors must focus on shared decision making

Section: Policy into PracticeType: News Item Date Published: 23rd January 2019

New GMC guidance must make sure the needs and preferences of people using support and services are at the centre of decision making.

The ALLIANCE has responded to a General Medical Council (GMC) consultation on consent and shared decision making (this link will take you away from our website), by calling on Doctors to “buy in” to the principles of shared decision making – as it can have a profound impact on the outcomes of people living with long term conditions.

The GMC is revising its guidance for Doctors on consent and shared decision making for the first time since 2008. On 16 January 2019, the ALLIANCE hosted a session for its members who made it clear that people’s expertise regarding their own health and wellbeing should be given as much consideration as professional expertise or medical guidelines.

Our response also calls on the GMC to revise the draft guidance to include:

  • Stronger references to unpaid carers and the role of tools such as Power of Attorney.
  • That basic communication issues can create significant barriers to shared decision making.
  • That a range of resources must be produced in a variety of accessible formats to explain to people using support and services about shared decision making and the revised guidance.

The consultation closes on 23 January 2019.

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