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Angela, who is based in Oxford, England, coordinates the Informed Medical Decisions Foundation's international work. She is also a senior research scientist at the University of Oxford's Department of Public Health. Her previous roles include chief executive of Picker Institute Europe, executive director of policy and development at the King's Fund in London, and director of the Health Services Research Unit at the University of Oxford.
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In response to the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence's (NICE) guidelines on patient experience quality standards, the authors aim to provide an overview of the guidance. This editorial discusses key points of the NICE guidelines, as well as the benefits of implementation and the challenges that remain.
What about policy regarding SDM? SDM is on the national policy agenda and has been prioritised as part of the health reform bill currently going through the Houses of Parliament. The NHS Constitution emphasises patients' right to be involved in decisions and this is reinforced in standards set by professional regulators. What about tools - Decision support for patients? The UK governments have invested in patient information and a few decision aids are freely available on public websites.