Shared Decision Making in the Treatment of Depression

Ng Chong Guan, Syahrir Zaini


Shared Decision Making (SDM) is considered as one of the distinctive components of patient-centred care (PCC) that permits and promotes patients to participate actively in their health related management [1]. SDM is currently a widely recognized aspect of PCC in this modern era of healthcare standard globally [2]. In psychiatric practice, the relationship between clinician and patient is crucial to delivering the optimum mental health care services [3]. Besides SDM, another related and important component of PCC is the collaborative treatment alliances [4-8]. Altogether, these constructs have contributed to a wider understanding of medication adherence and service engagement concepts [9-12].

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