Think back to the last conversation you had with your doctor. Did you discuss what’s important to you when considering treatment options? Did you make a decision together about your treatment? These are just a couple of the questions that were recently asked via a survey to over 750 people diagnosed with prostate cancer in efforts to get to the root of what patients find valuable in healthcare conversations and decision making.
The good news is that over 85% of respondents said they had conversations with their doctors about what was important to them when considering treatment options. But the survey results also revealed that these conversations can be improved so that patients have more of an opportunity to share their unique treatment goals and to focus on the components of a treatment option that are most valuable to them. For instance, while some people feel that it’s most important to understand the roles of the different medical providers on their care team and how they will work together, others place more of a priority on understanding how different treatment options will impact their household finances. Every person is different, so every shared decision making conversation between doctors, patients, and caregivers should be tailored to the specific patient’s goals, values, and diagnosis.
From the survey results, we found that there are three essential components of effective shared decision making conversations: collaboration, personalization, and education. Learn more in the infographic below.