• 9Aug

    Viewpoint: Shared understanding with patients

    This Viewpoint, published by The Jama Network, addresses the need for clinicians to refine and practice good communication skills to enable shared decision making with patients.

    The Viewpoint concludes that good decisions rest on the quality of the conversation between clinician and patient. The inherent complexity of such dialogues means that striving for the ‘perfect’ consultation will result in professional frustration. Instead, lifelong commitment to improving the context and content of patient-clinician communication, along with a will to partner with the patient, increases the proportion of decisions based on true shared understanding.


    Neal Maskrey, FRCGP; Andrea Gordon, MD
    JAMA Intern Med.
    Published online August 7, 2017. doi:10.1001/jamainternmed.2017.1932