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A theory-based educational film about shared decision making in primary care for depression

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Darren FlynnORCiD, Dr David Nesbitt, Dr Aoife De Brun, Stephen Bradwel, Kevin Dick, Sally Gerrard


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Shared decision-making (SDM) is a process through which patients, and their relatives and doctors work together to identify the treatment option that is best for an individual patient. SDM involves doctors and patients sharing their respective expertise to identify the best choice of treatment for the individual patient. Doctors share their expert knowledge on available treatment options and their pros and cons. Patients share their expert knowledge on themselves in terms of their own personal preferences for choice of treatment and their beliefs/attitudes towards the pros and cons of the available options for treatment. Broadly speaking, for depression the available options for treatment are medication, talking treatments and self-help strategies. SDM supports independence and empowerment of people with mental health problems, enabling them to make informed decisions about their treatment, which is an important part of the recovery process. SDM is supported by the Government’s commitment to 'no decision about me without me' becoming the standard in the NHS.

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Author(s): Flynn D, Nesbitt D, De Brún A, Craggs C, Afolabi B, Keilty I, Lee C, Bradwel S, Dick K, Pointon S, Gerrard S, Williamson R

Publication type: Digital or Visual Media

Publication status: Published

Year: 2015

Publisher: Newcastle University, Digital Media Services

Place Published: Newcastle upon Tyne, UK

Performers(s): Darren Flynn, Newcastle University Craig Craggs, Moving Forward Newcastle Isabella Keilty, Moving Forward Newcastle Chris Lee, Moving Forward Newcastle Rosemary Williamson, Moving Forward Newcastle David Tomson, Collingwood Health Surgery, South Shields Frank Bruno, MBE