At Sussex MSK Partnership East we want to improve patient experience and ensure that patients are able to explore and identify their individual needs and wants, helping patients to set their own goals for care.

This can be achieved through a number of techniques.  Working with our clinicians our principle throughout is that patients should feel there is ‘no decision about me without me’.

Ask 3 Questions

The ‘Ask 3 questions’ encourages patients to ask three key questions when they are asked to make a choice about treatment.

The three questions are:

  • What are my options?
  • What are the pros and cons for each option?
  • What support is available to help me make a decision?

For further information:

To down load the ‘Ask 3 Question’ leaflet:


Shared Decision Making

Shared decision making (SDM) is the conversation that happens between a patient and their health professional to reach a healthcare choice together. This conversation needs patients and professionals to understand what is important to the other person when choosing a treatment.

About Decision Aids

Decision Aids are designed to help people make decisions about difficult healthcare choices.

They have good quality information about all the options and the health problem, and questions to help you think about what is important to you.

Going through a Decision Aid will help you make an informed decision about which option is best for you.

Musculoskeletal Decision Aids