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Shared Decision Making

This e-learning resource provides guidance on what Shared Decision Making (SDM) is and how to implement it in practice. It also provides resources to help health professionals learn the required skills. The e-learning sessions include films to illustrate examples of good and bad consultations and prompts, along with resources to aid health professionals with their work.

Why use Shared Decision Making?

Increasingly, patients want to be involved in making decisions about their own healthcare, and research has shown that, when they do so, they select less hospital care and report better hospital experiences. Some of the benefits of Shared Decision Making are: 

  • Increased patient involvement and engagement

  • Improved communication

  • Reduction in complaints and litigation

  • Ethical demand management

  • Enhanced recovery

  • Unwarranted variation


Making a good decision

SDM is not just about ensuring the patient is involved with the process, it is also about making sure the decision reached is a good decision. A good decision is one that is approached systematically, is based on reliable, evidence-based information, and with time allowed to consider all the options carefully. The examples chosen are used to help get people to think about making good decisions.

Who is this tool for?

The Shared Decision Making e-learning package is suitable for all healthcare professionals, health improvement personnel and patient engagement representatives to inform and educate them on Shared Decision Making in order to embed it in day to day clinical practice. Shared Decision Making represents a cultural change in behaviour and this tool will aid and assist in changing  an environment of medical paternalism to a more inclusive approach based on the 2012 Health Act ‘Liberating the NHS: ‘No decision about me without me’. 


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