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The SHARE of Ask Share Know

The SHARE of ASK SHARE KNOW is very important, as doctors and nurses are professional BUT not professional mind readers, so be confident in sharing information about you that only you know.

This will help you to discuss what tests or treatment options you would prefer or prefer not to do.

The more you share information about you, the more your health professional will be able to give you the information you need.

This means that the decision you make will take into account things like your medical history, individual risk factors and lifestyle preferences.

If, for example, you are considering which contraceptive method to use, your choice may be influenced by lots of factors including:

  • any medical conditions you may have
  • plans for children in the future
  • feelings you have about the different options.

The more a part of the decision you are, the more likely you are to succeed in getting the benefits of the treatment decided on.

So making the right treatment choice means understanding your treatment options and sharing the decision with your doctor about which option best suits you.

Shared decision making:

Shared decision-making recognises that patients need personalised information from health professionals based on evidence about treatment and test options, including their benefits and harms and the likelihood of these occurring.

This information is needed to make informed health care decisions. Shared decision-making is being driven by health consumers, and many countries around the world are putting systems in place in their health systems to support this approach to health care.

The No decision about me, without me slogan from the UK highlights that health consumers are at the heart of the matter.