Ethics Glossary

Shared Decision-making

The treating physician makes sure the patient (or surrogate) has the appropriate information and support required to assist in making medically reasonable decisions and recommendations (including but not limited to life-sustaining treatments).  The patient (or surrogate) thoughtfully considers and conveys to the treating physician the goals that are hoped to be achieved from the patient’s medical care.  These goals may need to be periodically re-evaluated as the patient’s medical condition and prognosis change.