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Patients as partners in care

Referring to NICE guidance, during a consultation enables patients to take an active role in the management of their condition or problem.

NICE provides patient friendly versions for many pieces of guidance. You can find the full list here.

NICE also provides some additional resources for patients, parents and carers associated with specific pieces of guidance.

Examples

Evidence shows that patients who are involved as much as they wish to be in decisions about their care and treatments are more likely to feel:

  • knowledgeable
  • able to manage their condition
  • satisfied with the quality of their care.

They are also more likely to take part in preventive schemes, and to follow the course of treatment agreed with their doctor or nurse.

Patient friendly versions of NICE guidance help patients to understand the treatment being offered to them, and to get the most appropriate care for their own situation.

Having access to this information also gives patients the opportunity to express a preference (if there is a choice) about which treatment to have.

They can also let you know if there is a difference between the care they are receiving and the care recommended by NICE.

This page was last updated: 22 November 2013

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