Shared Decision-Making in Cosmetic Medicine and Aesthetic Surgery

Dirk T. Ubbink, Trientje B. Santema, Oren Lapid

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Shared decision-making (SDM) invokes the bidirectional communication between physicians and patients required to involve the patient's preference in the eventual treatment choice. This paper will explain what SDM is, why it is important, and how it is performed in clinical practice. It is an essential part of evidence-based medicine, as it helps determine whether the available evidence on the possible benefits and harms of treatment options match the patient's characteristics and preferences. Cosmetic medicine and aesthetic surgery seem to be obvious fields of medicine in which SDM should be applied to achieve high-quality care.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)NP14-NP19
JournalAesthetic Surgery Journal
Issue number1
StatePublished - 23 Oct 2015
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery


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