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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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What can junior physicians do to help promote shared decision making?

What can junior physicians do to help promote shared decision making?

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(p.282) Chapter 43 What can junior physicians do to help promote shared decision making?
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Shared Decision Making in Health Care
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J.W.M. (Annemijn Aarts

Andrew Carson-Stevens

Barry G. Main

Manish K. Mishra

Leigh H. Simmons

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198723448.003.0043

In this chapter, five junior physicians from four countries reflect on their experiences of learning about shared decision making (SDM) and integrating the principles into their own practice. They describe current weaknesses in the training provided to junior physicians that impedes their adoption of SDM. They also highlight the effects of a culture that does not prioritize SDM. At the same time, however, their tone is one of optimism. The authors provide practical examples of what junior physicians can do now to engage patients in sharing decisions, promote the concept of SDM, develop the skills required to practise SDM well, and effect change in the culture and practices of their working environments. They also have a strong message for those who educate physicians as to strategies for more effectively embedding the teaching of SDM alongside the teaching of clinical skills.

Keywords:   Shared decision making, patient engagement, skills development, patient-centred care, medical education

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