Shared decision making is the process of making decisions regarding appropriate medical or surgical treatment according top patient preferences. It involves the patient in the entire decision making process as well as the patient’s significant others.
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Program was established to help its members decide the appropriate choice of treatment in which they can benefit the most. It is incorporated in the Disease Management for the purpose of hearing the patient’s perspective in managing his health condition so as to allow for physician-patient or health advocate-patient relationship to grow in creating realistic goals and strengthen the likelihood of positive outcomes.
Shared decision making is the process of involving the patient and his immediate family members in the plan of care and how care in the form of treatment has to be implemented. Through shared decision making, the physician is able to determine the factors that might hinder the patient from receiving appropriate treatment or make the patient disagree with the planned healthcare regimen in cases like fear of the proposed procedure or religious beliefs. Shared decision making also allows proper dissemination of information making the patient well-informed and enabling him to make decisions that conforms to his beliefs and values. The results of the decision making would usually be the one that outweighs the cons.
Shared decision making is as important as disease management or any types of care that CareNet offers because we value our patient’s point of view. We believe that each patient has unique cases and different perspectives and the planned interventions and the risks involved are viewed differently,” said Audrey Stephens, CareNet’s Director for Client Services.
CareNet’s decision care support merges evidence-based practice with patient preferences to ensure that both parties – the healthcare provider and the patient – achieve desirable results; in that case, improved health state. By incorporating shared decision making with disease management, the client will not only be able to determine and choose the right treatment, but can also avail healthcare services that are cost-effective.
The Disease Management program of CareNet involves the process of recognizing the members of the society with chronic illnesses, implementing evidence-based practice guidelines, partnership with healthcare advocates, health coaching, and ongoing patient evaluation and positive feedbacks to further encourage the patient to cooperate with the treatment program.
“CareNet’s Disease Management program is our way of answering and dealing with the pressing issues of the very expensive healthcare services,” Said John Erwin, President of CareNet. Erwin added that “…we believe that we are able to lower down the cost of care as we enhance the quality of life of our chronically ill clients by improving their overall health with our disease management program.” CareNet also offers online access to their health information archives that contains comprehensive data to support the decision making process and disease management.
CareNet is known to have noteworthy and extensive experience in the realm of healthcare and has been offering support to the different sectors, both privately and government owned, in grasping the importance of containing costs especially now that health insurance companies are growing their enrollment fees.