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...