Why and how family caregivers should participate in shared decision making in mental health

Johannes Hamann, Stephan Heres

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Abstract

Patient involvement (shared decision making ) and caregiver involvement (family involvement, etc.) are mostly seen as different aspects of care, and efforts to integrate them are limited. This Open Forum posits that both approaches are critical and that caregiver involvement should always be considered during shared decision making, potentially as an integral component. The authors argue that the two approaches can overlap and work synergistically rather than antagonistically. When caregiver involvement is integrated into shared decision making, caregivers may assume any of a variety of roles and need to develop certain competencies to better engage in decision making.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)418-421
Number of pages4
JournalPsychiatric Services
Volume70
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - May 2019

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