While shared decision making is vital in a patient’s care during a host of complex situations, time is cited by patients and clinicians as the most significant obstacle, according to an article published on JAMA.
“Time can be considered an organizing tool that controls what happens and when,” the authors write. “It is a constrained resource that makes caring for patients possible or not.”
Bolstering shared decision making, though, will be a long-term goal which will require innovation on multiple fronts.
“Because the science of allocating time for care is in its infancy, medicine must innovate,” the authors write. “New scheduling algorithms should be developed and evaluated to accommodate encounters … that support care that fits each patient.”
To read the full article on JAMA, click here.