Shared decision making (SDM) is difficult to implement in mental health practice, but it remains an ethical ideal for motivating therapeutic capacity in patient-clinician relationships; this discrepancy warrants attention from clinical and ethical perspectives. This article explores what some clinicians see as obstacles to even attempting SDM with patients with psychiatric disabilities. In particular, this article identifies 4 such obstacles: A patient's lack of decision-making capacity, a patient's poor insight, a health care professional's therapeutic pessimism or personal dislike, and a patient's or health care professional's conflicting recovery orientations or goals of care. This article argues that each obstacle could be overcome in many cases and that health care professionals, patients, and their caregivers should remain dedicated to attempting SDM in mental health practice.
Guidry-Grimes, L. (2020). Viewpoint: Peer-reviewed article overcoming obstacles to shared mental health decision making. In AMA Journal of Ethics (Vol. 22, pp. E446–E451). American Medical Association. https://doi.org/10.1001/amajethics.2020.446