Shared Decision Making is a concept where patients and families are part of the treatment decision process.  They work with the physician - together.  It is an important concept that is being accepted, encouraged, and even promoted.  It is an important part of Patient-Centric Healthcare.  

Here are a couple of articles that support this essential partnership between doctor and patient:

Shared Decision Making - The Pinnacle of Patient-Centered Care, 2012 New England Journal of Medicine

Shared Decision Making to Improve Care and Reduce Costs, 2013 New England Journal of Medicine

Also, The Mayo Clinic has an entire set of patient videos discussing "Shared Decision Making" - CLICK HERE to view 

Jan Manarite from PCRI gave a talk on this subject in Chicago, July 2014  - CLICK HERE to view