The extent to which doctor and patient make joint decisions has hardly changed in the 2016-2020 period. This is shown by research within the Nivel Consumer Panel Healthcare. Collaborative decision-making involves several aspects: physician and patient involvement, sharing information with patient and vice versa, discussing physician and patient preferences, and physician and patient consent to a final decision.
Joint decision-making contributes to patient-centered care, which is an indicator of the quality of care. In addition to affordability and accessibility, quality is an important pillar of Dutch healthcare. Every year, Nivel measures how patients experience joint decision-making.
About the research
The data come from questionnaire research within the Nivel Consumer Panel Healthcare from 2016 to 2020. Each year in November, a sample (N = 1,500), representative of age and gender for the population aged 18 and older, receives a questionnaire (written and online) including questions about joint decision-making. The results for 2020 are based on the answers of 701 respondents (response rate of 47%).
The extent to which doctor and patient jointly decide on a treatment has hardly changed
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