chapter  54
Share Difficult Decisions
Give the Patient Options When Collaborating on a Treatment Plan With Which the Patient Is Reluctant to Engage
WithScott A. Simpson, Anna K. McDowell
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Clinicians and patients sometimes disagree on treatment decisions and treatment planning, such as when to taper a controlled substance. By formulating several options with strictly defined limits in treatment planning, the clinician can engage the patient in accepting a unilateral treatment decision and develop a treatment plan that still incorporates the patient’s preferences. The importance of laying the groundwork for this technique is discussed as well as potential pitfalls.