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November 24, 2004

Shared Medical Decision MakingProblems, Process, Progress

Author Affiliations

Author Affiliation: Department of Medicine, Rush University School of Medicine, Chicago, Ill. Dr McNutt is also Contributing Editor, JAMA.

JAMA. 2004;292(20):2516-2518. doi:10.1001/jama.292.20.2516

It is easy to march behind the banner of shared medical decision making. Sharing with a patient who faces tough choices when he or she is ill is one of the true gifts of being in the medical profession. The patient-physician relationship is the sacrosanct epitome of professionalism with the goals of ensuring that patients receive the treatment best for them (science) and that the best treatment is carried out in the most efficient and compassionate manner (quality and safety).

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