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Shared decision making

Shared decision making between healthcare professionals and women.​

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Shared decision making

Shared decision making between women and health professionals may be a facilitator to perinatal mental health care.


"Women with postpartum psychosis discussed the need for greater consultation and negotiation in antipsychotic prescription…​

… it would have been good I think to have been listened to about the side effects…It’s just they’re managing your risk.., maybe that’s what they’ve got to do clinically, but I wanted a bit more of a human face of it really."​

Evidence level: ​Low

​Parts of the care pathway affected: Referral, Access to treatment, Provision of optimal treatment, Women’s experience of treatment​.

Key literature: ​

Megnin-Viggars O, et al. 2015

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NHS England provides guidance on shared decision making.​


We recommend health professionals participate in continuing professional development activities related to perinatal mental health including participating in high quality training.

To ensure there are opportunities for health professionals and women to form trusting relationships, we recommend continuity of carer across the care pathway​.

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