Shared decision making between registrars and patients: web based decision aids

Thistlethwaite, Jill, Heal, Clare, Nan Tie, Rod, and Evans, Rebecca (2007) Shared decision making between registrars and patients: web based decision aids. Australian Family Physician, 36 (8). pp. 670-672.

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Abstract

BACKGROUND Current evidence suggests that doctors do not always involve patients in decisions; this may be due to lack of training. This study explores the feasibility of using web based decision aids (DAs) to improve the skills of general practice registrars in sharing decisions with patients.

METHOD Interviews were conducted with registrars to explore their attitudes to shared decision making. Following an educational intervention, registrars were asked to adopt shared decision making within their consultations using DAs as appropriate. The registrars were interviewed again to explore their experiences and any barriers to the process.

RESULTS Registrars had positive views about the shared decision making process but required more training. They had mixed opinions about the use of DAs and identified several barriers to their use. They felt that they had learned from the project and process without necessarily wanting to pursue the use of DAs as interactive tools, preferring to use them as educational resources.

Item ID: 2800
Item Type: Article (Refereed Research - C1)
Keywords: shared decision making; general practice; decision aids
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ISSN: 0300-8495
Date Deposited: 27 Sep 2009 22:48
FoR Codes: 11 MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES > 1117 Public Health and Health Services > 111711 Health Information Systems (incl Surveillance) @ 50%
11 MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES > 1117 Public Health and Health Services > 111717 Primary Health Care @ 50%
SEO Codes: 92 HEALTH > 9202 Health and Support Services > 920205 Health Education and Promotion @ 51%
92 HEALTH > 9202 Health and Support Services > 920208 Health Inequalities @ 49%
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