Author Affiliation: Department of Medicine,
Rush University School of Medicine, Chicago, Ill. Dr McNutt is also Contributing
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).
McNutt RA. Shared Medical Decision MakingProblems, Process, Progress. JAMA. 2004;292(20):2516-2518. doi:10.1001/jama.292.20.2516