Shared Decision Making

Three days
Course Type
Continuing professional development

This module introduces the basic elements of shared decision making (SDM) between health professionals and patients. The main focus will be to prepare participants to act as teachers and advocates for SDM within their own organisations. While the course materials will provide a detailed theoretical structure, participants from a variety of clinical professions will be encouraged to discuss and apply these principles within their working contexts and to learn from each other.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the module, participants should be able to:

  1. Understand the ethical and legal reasons why shared decision making is a basic principle of good clinical practice
  2. Know the range of attitudes in patients and health professionals that can act as barriers or facilitators for SDM 
  3. Track the processes by which evidence from clinical trials is used to inform patients of choices within clinical consultations
  4. Access and critique the tools that are available for SDM in their clinical area
  5. Apply the communication skills which can facilitate SDM to the context they work in
  6. Apply the lessons of one-time decision making to a continuous dialogue over time with individual patients
  7. Share their SDM skills with colleagues in the own clinical teams and teach them to others
  8. Communicate the uncertainties which need to be dealt with in all clinical decision-making

Who is the course for?

Clinicians from primary and secondary care holding degree-level qualifications in medicine, nursing or dentistry.


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