The Commission is developing a program of work of shared decision making as a part of its commitment to supporting patient-centred care and to complement our work on reducing unwarranted health care variation and ensuring appropriateness of care.
Shared decision making involves the integration of a patient’s values, goals and concerns with the best available evidence about benefits, risks and uncertainties of treatment, in order to achieve appropriate health care decisions.
It involves clinicians and patients making decisions about the patient’s management together.
In partnership with their clinician, patients are encouraged to consider available screening, treatment, or management options and the likely benefits and harms of each, to communicate their preferences, and help select the course of action that best fits these.
Shared decision making is of increasing interest to policy makers and international researchers. Current research indicates that:
The Commission, in collaboration with the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP), has produced an online module for doctors on shared decision making and risk communication. The module, Helping patients make informed decisions: communicating benefits and harms, is available to RACGP members via the RACGP’s website.
The Commission is also working with a steering group to develop adapted versions of the online module for specialist colleges.
Lucia Tapsall, Senior Project Officer
Dr Heather Buchan, Director, Implementation Support
Developing tools and skills for clinical practice
Recorded during Professor Stacey’s visit to Australia in October 2014
Shared Decision Making and Patient Decision Aid Workshop Sydney, 10 October 2014
A workshop for clinicians, medical educators, carer & consumer advocates, health services and policy makers