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Shared Decision Making in Health CareAchieving evidence-based patient choice$
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Glyn Elwyn, Adrian Edwards, and Rachel Thompson

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780198723448

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198723448.001.0001

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Avatars and virtual worlds

Avatars and virtual worlds

New technology solutions for teaching and learning shared decision making

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(p.99) Chapter 16 Avatars and virtual worlds
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Shared Decision Making in Health Care
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Suzanne Mitchell

Jeffrey Ring

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198723448.003.0016

This chapter explores evolutions in shared decision making (SDM) in the clinical encounter within the context of a rapidly changing world of social networking and advancing technology. The time is ripe for clinicians, educators, advocates, and researchers to leverage traditional social networks and online communities for medical decision support and to make the most of learner’s willingness to engage with novel technologies in pursuit of health education and peer-derived knowledge and support. Our world is flecked with electronic social networks and Web 2.0 technologies. In this chapter, we will examine technology-driven strategies for patient and practitioner training in the skills of informed SDM and discuss how individuals are using these digital tools to navigate the complexities of medical decision making, experimenting with lifestyle changes, staying connected with peers in social networks, and building individualized learning platforms to share with others.

Keywords:   Technology, virtual learning, teaching, shared decision making, virtual human

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