Shared Decision Making
Before you come to your appointment it is worth writing down any questions you may have. You will be involved in all decisions about your care and your opinion really counts. You may also find it helpful to bring your partner or a friend to your appointments to support you.
Your practitioner will want to discuss all the details of your medical history, so please ensure you come to your appointment prepared. If you are coming from another hospital to have your care at either Leeds or Sheffield, please bring any information you have been given with you. If you have been given paper notes please bring them to your appointments, some hospitals in our region use digital notes. In most cases you can access these via an app on your phone. It would be really helpful if you could have access to this app at the time of your appointment.
Ask 3 Questions
Many people throughout their pregnancy journey find these 3 questions very useful to support their decision making;
What are my options?
How do I get support to help me make a decision that is right for me?
What are the pros and cons of each option for me?
Ask 3 Questions is based on Shepherd et al. Three questions that patients can ask to improve the quality of information physicians give about treatment options: A cross-over trial. Patient education and counselling, 2011;84:379-85