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One of the problems with the growing interest in shared decision making is that it is not very well understood. The goal of this article is twofold: first, to be very clear about what shared decision making is and what it isn’t; and second, to explain the enormous potential of shared decision making, yet only if it is done well. The challenge we face is that the interest in shared decision making might vanish, unless we prove that it makes a significant contribution.
Diagnosis is the first and most important decision made about the patient. It determines all subsequent treatment and determines the course of each patient encounter. How well this decision is made, therefore, is one of the most significant determinants of healthcare quality and efficiency.
The challenge for primary care has quickly become: how can we keep pace with new information, learn how to best implement it in our practices, while also continuing to serve a full schedule of patients?”
With the growing shortage of doctors around the world, ever-increasing healthcare costs, and growth in alternative channels such as virtual visits, attention is turning to how healthcare institutions can both relieve the pressure on themselves and keep patients within their networks. One of the best ways this can be done is to better support patients at the very beginning of their diagnostic journey. In this white paper we will set out how symptom checkers can help with these important first stages in a patient’s journey, and how they are a crucial tool to help with true patient engagement. There is now an almost bewildering range of symptom checkers, so we will also recommend our criteria for evaluating them and describe in detail the Isabel Symptom Checker.
In this era of information overload and emergence of patients who gather medical information from the internet, there is an urgent need for physicians to continuously learn and improve their knowledge of medical advances in ways that will allow them use it towards the maximum benefit of patients. Not only should clinicians know the information thoroughly but they also have to be well equipped to explain the different diagnostic or therapeutic options available and why each option may or may not be suitable to the patient.