Shared Decision-Making in Perinatal Care

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Shared decision-making is a process in which clinicians and patients work together to select the best treatments, management or support packages by combining clinical evidence with the patient’s informed preferences. It is a continuum, where both parties take varying levels of responsibility.

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Shared decision‐making is key to improving communication and patient satisfaction in perinatal care. Many practitioners would argue that joint decision making between patients and clinicians is a natural and integral part of everyday patient care. Yet, as Hoffmann et al. (2014) suggest, shared decision‐making is more complex than this and should be considered a framework for communicating with patients about important healthcare choices that will ultimately lead to improved standards of care.


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Anne Watkins
Anne is a freelance lecturer and medical writer at Mind Body Ink. She is a former midwife and nurse teacher with over 25 years’ experience working in the fields of healthcare, stress management and medical hypnosis. Her background includes working as a hospital midwife, Critical Care nurse, lecturer in Neonatal Intensive Care, and as a Clinical Nurse Specialist for a company making life support equipment. Anne has also studied many forms of complementary medicine and has extensive experience in the field of clinical hypnosis. She has a special interest in integrating complementary medicine into conventional healthcare settings and is currently an Associate Tutor, lecturing in Health Coaching and Medical Hypnosis at Exeter University in the UK. As a former Midwife, Anne has a natural passion for writing about fertility, pregnancy, birthing and baby care. Her recent publications include The Health Factor, Coach Yourself To Better Health and Positive Thinking For Kids. You can read more about her work at
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Shama Dhungana
29 Apr 2021
Very relevant and effective topic to gain knowledge on sharing health care decisions between expected mother and health care providers.
26 May 2021
A very useful tool for Shared decision making.
Emma Ryan
30 Apr 2021
Good information and resources
Hannah Horsfall
10 May 2021
Isabella Shaikh
08 May 2021
Short and informative
Pooja Sharma
01 May 2021
Louise Bottega
26 May 2021
Very informative.
Vanessa Watkins
26 May 2021
This resource provides a concise and practical overview of the general principals to the process of shared decision-making (SDM) in clinical practice. It also provides some definition between the process of SDM compared to gaining informed consent for a test, procedure or intervention.
Ebony Draper
08 May 2021
Narelle Winzar
30 Apr 2021
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