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Thorac Surg Clin. 2012 Nov;22(4):539-43. doi: 10.1016/j.thorsurg.2012.07.001.

Patients' perspective in the surgical decision-making process.

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The Academic Division of Thoracic Surgery, The Royal Brompton Hospital, London, UK. e.lim@rbht.nhs.uk

Abstract

Barriers can arise if surgeons are unable to effectively convey information on benefits and risks or are unwilling to offer management choices based on patients' preferences. Facilitating shared decision making, allowing patients to carefully think and consider the alternatives, and empowering them to share in the decision-making process improve patient satisfaction and treatment adherence and represent the hallmark of an excellent clinician.

PMID:
23084617
DOI:
10.1016/j.thorsurg.2012.07.001
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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