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J Infus Nurs. 2015 Nov-Dec;38(6):407-18. doi: 10.1097/NAN.0000000000000136.

The Patient Experience With Shared Decision Making: A Qualitative Descriptive Study.

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Pace University, New York, New York, College of Health Professions, Lienhard School of Nursing. Marie Truglio-Londrigan, PhD, RN, has practiced public/community health, specializing in the care of older adults. She is a professor at Pace University's Lienhard School of Nursing and a fellow of the New York Academy of Medicine. Her research interests are evidence-based practice, shared decision making, and health promotion/disease prevention.


Shared decision making is a process characterized by a partnership between a nurse and a patient. The existence of a relationship does not ensure shared decision making. Little is known about what nurses need to know and do for this experience to take place. A qualitative descriptive study was implemented using Coalizzi's method. Semistructured interviews were held with patients, and 3 themes were uncovered. The findings suggest that a nurse's conduct aimed at drawing patients in and inviting them to participate in a conversation leads toward shared decisions. Infusion nurses may find this information useful as they engage their patients in shared decisions.

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