A qualitative identification of categories of patient participation in decision-making by health care professionals and patients during surgical treatment

Clin Nurs Res. 2013 May;22(2):206-27. doi: 10.1177/1054773812464043. Epub 2012 Nov 5.


The aim of this article is to identify how health care professionals and patients experience patient participation in decision-making processes in hospitals. Eighteen semi-structured interviews with experts from different disciplines such as medicine and nursing in surgical departments as well as patients who have undergone surgical treatment constitute the data. By content analysis four categories of patient participation were identified: information dissemination, formulation of options, integration of information, and control. To meet the increasing demands of patient participation, this categorization with four identified critical areas for participation in decision-making has important implications in guiding information support for patients prior to surgery and during hospitalization.

MeSH terms

  • Attitude of Health Personnel*
  • Attitude to Health*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Medical Staff, Hospital / psychology*
  • Nursing Methodology Research
  • Nursing Staff, Hospital / psychology*
  • Patient Participation*
  • Perioperative Nursing
  • Professional-Patient Relations*
  • Qualitative Research
  • Surgery Department, Hospital / organization & administration*