Achieving the best possible care
When both patients and their physicians cooperate in treatment planning, shared decision-making supports patient trust in cancer care teams and their institutions.
Cancer patients interviewed post-diagnosis about treatment decision-making had distinct opinions about adherence to clinical pathways and collaboration between themselves and their care teams.
These participants valued the effects of shared decision-making, including:2
- Education from their clinicians about multiple treatment options (57%)
- Research, guided by their oncologists, into those options (57%)
- Goal-sharing with oncologists to jointly develop practical treatment plans (52%)