Implementation of Shared Decision-Making in Australia

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Kaye E Ervin
Irene Blackberry
Helen Haines

Abstract

Shared decision-making (SDM) is the process of clinicians and patients participating jointly in making healthcare decisions, having discussed evidence-based treatment options and the potential risks and benefits of each option, taking into consideration the patient’s individual preferences and values. SDM is ubiquitous in Australian healthcare policy. While there is good evidence for utilising SDM, clinicians’ knowledge of SDM, the current uptake, effectiveness and acceptability of SDM in Australia is largely unknown. The challenges perceived by clinicians to implementing SDM in clinical practice and potential moral, legal and ethical dilemmas require further debate and consideration.


Abbreviations: SDM – Shared Decision-Making.

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Ervin, K. E., Blackberry, I., & Haines, H. (2016). Implementation of Shared Decision-Making in Australia. Asia Pacific Journal of Health Management, 11(2), 10-11. https://doi.org/10.24083/apjhm.v11i2.177
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Author Biographies

Kaye E Ervin, La Trobe University

La Trobe University Albury-Wondonga Campus
Wodonga, Victoria, Australia.

Irene Blackberry, La Trobe University

La Trobe University Albury-Wondonga Campus
Wodonga, Victoria, Australia.

Helen Haines, University of Melbourne

University of Melbourne
Rural Health Academic Network
Shepparton, Victoria, Australia.