Shared decision making in school age children with asthma

Pediatr Nurs. 2007 Mar-Apr;33(2):111-6.


Shared decision making in health care is a mutual partnership between the health care provider and the patient. Traditionally, children have had little involvement during their medical care visits or in decisions regarding their health care. Shared decision making in children with asthma may enhance their self-confidence as well as improve their self-management skills. Allowing the child to participate during the visit requires assessing the child's competence at different ages and abilities. Specific communication techniques to use with children during medical encounters include visual aids, turn-taking, clarifying communication, and role modeling. Providers additionally can offer strategies to parents on how to provide general information about asthma and treatments based on the child's questions and interest. The goal for school age children with asthma is to change dyadic interactions between the provider and parent into triadic interactions to improve the child's asthma management.

Publication types

  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Age Factors
  • Asthma / prevention & control
  • Asthma / psychology*
  • Audiovisual Aids
  • Child
  • Communication
  • Cooperative Behavior*
  • Decision Making*
  • Humans
  • Mental Competency
  • Models, Psychological
  • Nurse-Patient Relations
  • Nursing Assessment
  • Parents / education
  • Parents / psychology
  • Paternalism
  • Patient Education as Topic
  • Patient Participation / methods
  • Patient Participation / psychology*
  • Patient-Centered Care / organization & administration*
  • Pediatric Nursing / organization & administration
  • Psychology, Child*
  • Role Playing
  • Self Care / psychology
  • Self Efficacy