Inequity In Knowledge Analysis

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A fourth misconception is that patient education will lead to shared decision-making. Knowledge may contribute to the shared decision-making process, but a patients’ capacity to participate in SDM is also linked to how much power or influence he or she feels that they have in the decision-making consultation. Patients may not feel that they have “expertise” to bring to the clinical encounter. However, their expertise is the knowledge about their personal preferences and this knowledge is important. This inequity in knowledge may contribute to the power imbalance that can occur during clinical encounters. The team of health care providers, not only the physician, can contribute here. In fact, when patients were asked how best to implement SDM

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