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What Patients Believe That Doctors Think Is The Ideal Behaviour of Patients

13 May 2019

Despite their health is at stake, sometimes patients are not as involved in making decisions together with their doctor as they would like to be. One of the barriers is trying to be a “good patient“ – behave in a way the patient believes the doctor wants them to behave. The project aims to explore what behaviour patients believe doctors consider to be ideal when making shared decisions, identify possible barriers, and form recommendations to make the decision making smoother.


  • 1/ Has received any healthcare in England in 2016 and later
  • 2/ Has made a decision concerning any of the following:
  • a. Medication – p.e. decision to start or stop using medication, change or maintain current medication regimen
  • b. Therapeutic procedures – p.e. decision to intervene on a medical problem, choosing a particular procedure, planning a procedure
  • c. Contact – p.e. being admitted or discharged from a hospital; scheduling a checkup; seeing another specialist after being referred to them
  • d. Treatment goals – p.e. deciding on a goal for treatment, such as target weight or cholesterol levels
  • e. Deferment – deciding to “wait and see”
  • (adapted from Ofstad, Frich, Schei, et al., 2015)

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About the researcher

Hi there, my name is Michaela and I study an MSc in Social and Public Communication at the London School of Economics. I am passionate about communication and decision making applied to healthcare, which is why I chose to do my dissertation on what patients believe that doctors think is the ideal behaviour in decision making. I am hoping to make a difference by discovering possible barriers to shared decision making and forming recommendations on how to make the process smoother. I would be beyond grateful if you could help me make a difference by letting me interview you. Please do not hesitate to contact me, I will be looking forward to hearing from you!

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