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Influences on patient participation and decision-making in care

Dr Saras Henderson, BSc (Nursing), MEd, PhD, RN, RM. Senior Lecturer, School of Nursing and Midwifery, Curtin University of Technology, Western Australia. Dr Henderson is now on secondment as Project Officer, Scope of Nursing Practice, at the Nurses Board of Western Australia, East Perth, Western Australia The need for patients to participate in and make decisions about their care has gained consensus among health professionals in recent times (Kravitz and Melnikow, 2001). 

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