Professor Hilary Bekker

Professor Hilary Bekker

Professor of Medical Decision Making

+44 (0) 113 343 2726

Summary: Hilary's research focuses on patient decision aid and shared decision making interventions. Hilary is year 1 Lead, and Lead for the Individuals and Population year 1 course, of the MB ChB.

Location: 1.10, Charles Thackrah Building



Hilary Bekker is a Chartered Psychologist, with a PhD in Decision Making and Prenatal Testing (1999), MSc Health Psychology (1994) and BSc (first) Psychology (1990). Hilary designs and delivers courses on the application of psychology to health and treatment decision making.

Hilary uses decision science, health psychology, and health research knowledge to investigate people’s decision making, and evaluate interventions helping people think differently about their healthcare decisions.  Hilary has developed over 40 patient decision aids, in collaboration with health professionals and patients, for use in care pathways (e.g. National Health Service Services Rightcare suite of 37 web-based patient decision aids, 2013; Leeds MMR decision aid, 2011; consultation-based decision analysis for prenatal diagnosis decisions, 1999); The Dialysis Decision Aid Booklet (, 2015) is endorsed by NICE, European Renal Best Practice, International Society of Peritoneal Dialysis. 

Hilary has extensive publications in informed and shared decision making, is advisor to national and international organisations developing clinical guidelines (e.g. NICE, KDIGO, Renal Registries) integrating decision support in healthcare, provides guidance on patient decision aid research and practice as part of the International Patient Decision Aid Standards (IPDAS), and reviews, and sits on committees, for health services research applications (e.g. Research for Patient Benefit - NIHR).