Patient engagement in healthcare: pathways for effective medical decision making

Serena Barello, Guendalina Graffigna

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Making patients protagonists of decisions about their care is a primacy in the 21st cen - tury medical ethics. Precisely, to favor shared treatment decisions potentially enables patients’ autonomy and self-determination, and protects patients’ rights to make deci - sions about their own future care. To fully accomplish this goal, medicine should take into account the complexity of the healthcare decision making processes: patients may experience dilemmas when having to take decisions that not only concern their patient role/identity but also involve the psychosocial impact of treatments on their overall life quality. A deeper understanding of the patients’ expected role in the decision making process across their illness journey may favor the optimal implementation of this prac - tice into the day-to-day medical agenda. In this paper, authors discuss the value of assuming the Patient Health Engagement Model to sustain successful pathways for effective medical decision making throughout the patient’s illness course. This model and its relational implication for the clinical encounter might be the base for an innovative “patient-doctor relational agenda” able to sustain an “engagement-sensitive” medical decision making
Lingua originaleEnglish
pagine (da-a)53-65
Numero di pagine13
RivistaNeuropsychological Trends
Stato di pubblicazionePubblicato - 2015




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