What's the role of time in shared decision making?

Alexander T. Yahanda, Jessica Mozersky

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Shared decision making (SDM) is a desirable process and outcome of patient-clinician relationships. Ideally, patients and clinicians have sufficient time to engage in SDM. In reality, time is often insufficient. This article explores time as a barrier to SDM, alternative ways clinicians can think about time, and steps they can take to have fulfilling SDM interactions despite time constraints. Although discussions of time typically focus on time quantity, redirecting attention to the ethical significance of time in establishing patient-clinician relationships suggests the importance of also considering time quality.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)E416-E422
JournalAMA Journal of Ethics
Issue number5
StatePublished - May 2020


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