Since 2009 patient choice has been included in the NHS Constitution making it the patients legal right to choose who delivers your healthcare, what treatments you choose to have and the right to the information to help you decide.
The intention behind this was that if patients choose people and services based on good information the quality will improve.
However researchers are divided over whether people can make rational decisions. Some believe that even if the information is clearly summarised individuals have problems understanding it.
Other studies support patient choices saying that decision aids increase knowledge and confidence for the patient.
As a patient do you value the choice or do you feel there is a lack of information available to help you decide?
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