CPN | Top 8 Things to Realize About Shared Decision-Making

Top 8 Things to Realize About Shared Decision-Making

  1. It is common for parents and caregivers to worry about their choices, especially for those who are faced with difficult, complex decisions to make on behalf of their child.
  2. They need to feel that they are valued members of the team, experts in their child, and advocates for their goals and values.
  3. They want the care team to respect the family’s priorities and to help them achieve their goals.
  4. Parents and caregivers want clinicians to understand their child as a unique individual.
  5. Parents and caregivers want to believe that they are making the best decisions they can, given the information they have available to them.
  6. Families’ hopes, concerns and needs should always be at the center of decision-making.
  7. Parents and caregivers should understand that there is always a choice, and that it is acceptable to ask for time to weigh the pros and cons of any decision.
  8. Building mutual trust and respect among the care team helps parents and caregivers feel confident in their choices.

Download a printable version of this list. Find all of our Top Lists. For the full guide, visit CPN’s Guide page on Shared Decision-Making.

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