All clinicians in Scotland are asked to practice “Realistic Medicine” including talking about the risks, benefits and limitations of treatment and care options. Training in shared decision-making is a requirement from Scottish Government and NHS Education for Scotland. Healthcare professionals need to facilitate and support discussions about increasingly complex shared decision-making with people and families. The DECIDE framework supports these conversations.
Topics for our programme of shared-decision making workshops may include:
- Effective communication about risk
- Discussing the benefits and limitations of treatment
- Addressing unrealistic expectations of treatment and outcomes
- Responding to complaints
- Review current practice in communication about treatment related decision-making and consent
- Describe and communicate information about risk clearly and effectively
- Discuss treatment options, benefits and limitations, taking a person-centred perspective
- Respond to people with unrealistic expectations of treatment and outcomes.
- Use decision aids to support effective communication and shared decision-making (see Resources).
- Respond to complaints about decision-making and consent.