Shared Decision Making in Mental Health Practice

5. Theory and reality

So, the theory of shared decision-making is all very well, but what is actually happening in practice. Some have said that the analogy of a jigsaw does work, but what if some have all of the larger, more important pieces?

A recent research project exploring experiences of shared decision making in acute in-patient care has highlighted the organisational, professional and structural barriers to enabling the theory to be put in practice.

Listen to what some people had to say about shared-decision making:

How do these experiences match with your jigsaw?

* A link to the research is given in the resources section...