Fast Fact: Decision Making With Doctors
Video Transcript

"A gray background with a yellow, blue, and black logo at the upper right corner. An African American male is wearing a white lab coat.

"Hey there, February is Black History month! Our Deaf Health and Quality of Life Center did a survey and found that black deaf individuals were likely to be less involved in making decisions with their doctors compared to hearing black individuals. What does shared decision making mean? It’s a process where medical professionals and patients work together to make decisions and decide on what tests, treatments, and care to pursue. Shared decision allows patients and providers agree on a treatment plan TOGETHER and strengthens your relationship with your doctor! Next time you go to the doctor, discuss your issues and concerns - your health is important!"

Are you aware that all medical decisions should be decided by the patient AND the doctor? Black deaf individuals were less likely to be involved in making shared decisions with their doctors compared to hearing black individuals. Watch this video to learn more about making shared decisions!