|Dr Belinda Loring
A new online course is available to help clinicians develop skills for communicating effectively with patients.
It focuses on communicating about the risks and benefits of treatment options, and for enhancing skills in shared decision-making.
Dr Belinda Loring is an advisory group member of the Choosing Wisely campaign, which is founded on principles of shared decision-making.
The campaign encourage clinicians and patients to engage in conversations to reduce unnecessary tests, treatments and care.
“Shared decision-making is about the integration of communication and evidence skill," says Dr Loring.
"As doctors, we like to think we are well-practised communicators, and adept at explaining complicated clinical information in a format patients will understand."
"But shared decision making is more than this, it requires us to go a step further than the unbiased imparting of plain language evidence about tests and treatment.
"It asks us to elicit the patient’s values and preferences and encourage them to consider what is important to them in terms of making a decision about their care.