Shared decision making in Australia in 2017

Lyndal J. Trevena, Heather L. Shepherd, Carissa Bonner, Jesse Jansen, Anne E Cust, Julie Leask, Narelle Shadbolt, Chris Del Mar, Kirsten J McCaffery, Tammy Hoffmann

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Shared Decision Making (SDM) is now firmly established within national clinical standards for accrediting hospitals, day procedure services, public dental services and medical education in Australia, with plans to align general practice, aged care and disability service. Implementation of these standards and training of health professionals is a key challenge for the Australian health sector at this time. Consumer involvement in health research, policy and clinical service governance has also increased, with a major focus on encouraging patients to ask questions during their clinical care. Tools to support shared decision making are increasingly used but there is a need for more systemic approaches to their development, cultural adaptation and implementation. Sustainable solutions to ensure tools are kept up-to-date with the best available evidence will be important for the future.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)17-20
Number of pages4
JournalZeitschrift fur Evidenz, Fortbildung und Qualitat im Gesundheitswesen
Early online date18 May 2017
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2017


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