With the current surgical backlog, it is imperative we ensure the right patient undergoes the right surgery.
Up to 14% of patients regret having undergone surgery, and previous Cochrane reviews suggests implementing shared decision-making reduces the number of patients who choose major surgical interventions.
Ensuring patients make informed choices has recently been the focus of new GMC and NICE guidance, and there are now a vast number of resources to help patients and clinicians arrive at decisions in partnership.
At the Centre for Perioperative Care, they have collated this into one hub. This contains a range of resources such as short podcasts from the Royal College of Surgeons and the Royal College of Anaesthetists, education and training packages, suggested quality improvement projects and national guidance.
They hope it ignites your interest in implementing or furthering shared decision-making in your context. This is simply a start and they welcome your suggestions to help improve the hub.