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by Dr Robert
Chaplin and Dr Alan
Last reviewed: October 2016
How patient-centred is your care? Do you
involve your patients in decision-making in an open and
In this module we will outline the theory
of patient-centred care and define what qualifies
as shared decision-making. We will examine
the various ways in which decisions regarding medication can
be made, with a particular emphasis on patients diagnosed with
We will also look at research into what
patients want from psychiatrists, and highlight the fact that
psychiatrists' perceptions of their patient care will often
differ from patient perceptions.
We hope that this module will enable you to
apply shared decision-making skills to your own practice
and improve your therapeutic relationships with
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