Informed Partnerships: The Process of Shared Decision Making

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Learning Objectives

  • Engaging patients
  • Facilitating discussion
  • Building trust

Course Description

When patients are part of the decision making process, they are more likely to understand their treatment and follow through on what they must do. Informed Consent is a crucial part of shared decision making. Informed consent isn’t just a paper to be signed—it’s a discussion between doctor and patient. This course is made up of three modules:

  • Shared Decision Making Part 1 presents information about the process of shared decision making and how this will improve communication and facilitate patient engagement.
  • Shared Decision Making Part 2 provides strategies to develop open, trusting communication with patients and help them become engaged in their own healthcare decisions.
  • Informed Consent examines what full informed consent is and how to conduct an informed consent discussion with patients that will ensure they are able to make the best possible decision about their treatment
  • Studies have found that clinicians ask for patient preferences in medical decisions only about half the time
  • Results from more than a hundred randomized trials provide no robust evidence that more time is required to engage in shared decision making in clinical practice than to offer usual care

Did you know…

  • Research indicates that the average patient asks five or fewer questions during a 15-minute doctor’s visit
  • An AHRQ public service announcement noted that people ask more questions when buying a cell phone or ordering a meal than they do during medical appointments
  • Studies have found that clinicians ask for patient preferences in medical decisions only about half the time
  • Patients have expressed a desire to be fully informed and to play an active part in making decisions about their treatment

Course at a Glance

Target Audience: Clinicians

Time to Complete: 30 Minutes

Contributor: SynAptiv



Author Information

The Colorado Foundation for Medical Care was founded in 1970 as a nonprofit 501(c)(3) healthcare quality improvement organization. It currently does business as (DBA) SynAptiv. SynAptiv continues to focus on continuous quality improvement but now works toward its charitable mission in new ways. We are a global healthcare learning institute, offering a variety of educational tools, trainings, certifications, and learning improvement resources for multiple professional settings.