Shared Decision-Making with Individual Clients

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Welcome to the Evidence Based Practice course for shared decision making, brought to you by the EBBP project and Northwestern University’s Department of Preventative Medicine.

This course is one of a series that looks at shared decision-making in a variety of settings, from working with individual clients to implementing programs for entire communities.

In this course, you will meet, and help treat, three individual clients with varying health problems and needs. You will meet with each client and progress through certain decision points in their treatment, addressing their needs by applying the principles of evidence-based practice.

You’ll make decisions about how to promote healthful change by integrating the best available evidence with practitioner expertise and other resources, while also considering the characteristics, state, needs, values, and preferences of those who will be affected.

There will be different options and multiple rational alternatives for each client. As you assess, and reassess, their needs during treatment, you may have to reevaluate the approaches being taken to meet those needs. Keep in mind as you work through each scenario that there is no one "right" answer.

This training is intended for a wide-ranging audience, including health practitioners, both experienced and new to the field, as well as graduate students working towards a career in healthcare.

As you work through the upcoming three cases, you will learn how to:

  • Define shared decision-making
  • Describe the rationale for shared decision-making in evidence-based practice
  • Identify at least three discrepancies or barriers that can arise between client preferences, resources, and scientific evidence

If you would like to review some additional content on evidence-based practice before getting started, you can visit the EBBP.org training page.

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