Objective: In other medical fields, 'shared decision making' (a strategy for including patients in therapeutic decision processes) has been studied for several years now. This survey presents the potential of shared decision making for psychiatry.
Method: Literature search.
Results: Research in other medical fields shows that shared decision making positively influences patients' satisfaction as well as health outcomes. The application of shared decision making to psychiatry is still in the initial stage.
Conclusion: Evidence that shared decision making can be successfully practiced in psychiatry would contribute to an improved inclusion of psychiatric patients in therapeutic decisions and thereby help to implement basic rights of a group of patients who have not sufficiently benefited from consumer empowerment in other medical fields.