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How your patients can help to implement guidance

Shared decision making

Use our guidance, particularly the patient friendly versions, during a consultation to involve and empower patients so that they can take an active role in the management of their condition or problem if they wish.

Raising awareness

Raise the profile of NICE guidance in your practice, for example by displaying examples of patient friendly versions and publicising these in newsletters and other communication with patients.

Involve your patient participation group or other groups of patients in raising awareness of our guidance.

Involvement in implementation plans

Patients and their carers can provide useful insights on how best to provide or organise care in line with NICE recommendations. Involve patients and carers in developing plans for implementing guidance, perhaps through a patient participation group.

Feedback from patients

Seek feedback from patients about their treatment and care to see to what extent or how well NICE guidance is being put into practice. Such feedback can highlight issues that will not be picked up by other means. You can obtain feedback on care provided by your practice team, as well as the care your patients receive from other parts of the NHS. Feedback can be gathered in a variety of ways including audits, surveys, focus groups, one-to-one interviews, comments and complaints.

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This page was last updated: 22 November 2013

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