Medical Report: The foundation of any care plan is a partnership of trust

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — It seems like it should already be a basic part of medical care, but the benefits of “shared decision making” are being studied extensively in patient care.

In a shared decision making scenario, the doctor and patient work together to develop a plan of care. Believe it or not, a great deal of money is being spent to determine if this is effective and makes a difference — and a significant amount more is being spent to spread the word that it is helpful.

It is great that the concept is being promoted, but hundreds of thousands of patients and providers agree that the best care and best results occur when there is a doctor-patient partnership and a clear understanding about the importance of a care plan. It also builds trust — one of the most essential components of care.

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