Our team specializes in training health professionals by helping them develop the skills that will allow them to promote patients' participation in decision making.
Inventory of shared decision making programs for healthcare professionals
As a part of the "Effective Continuing Professional Development for Translating Shared Decision Making in Primary Care" project funded by the Canadian Institutes for Health Research, we are pleased to post our inventory of programs and training activities dedicated to shared decision making.
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Training for first year medical students
Title: Shared decision making with the patient (An emerging front-line collaborative practice)
By France Légaré, Dawn Stacey, Maria De Koninck and Nathalie Brière
By the end of this 120-minute course, the student will be able to
- Explain the “finding common ground” element in the patient-centred clinical method (PCCM);
- Recognize the importance of finding common ground with the patient so as to facilitate his/her adherence to diagnostic and therapeutic interventions;
- Identify the principal approaches to finding common ground with the patient, both in clinical situations where a best choice is clear (scientific certainty) and/or in situations where a given result cannot be guaranteed (scientific uncertainty)
- Present the patient with the principal elements of shared decision making and describe the principal characteristics of decision aids that favour shared decision making.
Target audience: First year medical students
Teaching methods: Presentations, role-playing, reflective discussion
Training for residents in family medicine
Title: Shared decision making
By France Légaré, Michel Cauchon
By the end of this 90-minute workshop, the student will be able to
- Identify clinical situations that are appropriate for shared decision making;
- Identify the principal elements of shared decision making;
- Integrate screening for decisional conflict (also known as decisional comfort) into his/her practice;
- Present the principal characteristics of decision aids that facilitate shared decision making.
Target audience: Medical residents
Teaching methods: Presentations, role-playing, discussion
Training for practising health professionals
Title: When it is difficult to make a decision
By France Légaré
By the end of this 90-minute workshop, the participant will be able to
- Recognize clinical situations in which the patient is likely to experience difficulty making a decision;
- Identify patients who are facing difficult decisions;
- Identify the modifiable factors that contribute to the patient's decision;
- Recognize the barriers and facilitating factors for the integration of new knowledge into the practice of family medicine.
Target audience: Family physicians, residents, nurse clinicians, health professionals (ideally members of interdiscipinary patient care teams)
Teaching methods: Presentations, video demonstrations, discussions
Evaluation: The results of an evaluation of this training workshop was published in Medical Decision Making. See Légare F, O’Connor AM, Graham ID, Wells GA, Tremblay S. Impact of the Ottawa Decision Support Framework on the agreement and the difference between patients’ and physicians’ decisional conflict. Med Decis Making. 2006 Jul-Aug;26(4): 373-90.