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Supporting patients in shared decision making in clinical practice

Author: Claire Madsen, Aileen Fraser

Duration: 2 hours Last updated: 2018 Quality Assurance: Peer-reviewed Level: Qualified nurses, Students Language: English

Course description

The aim of this module is to enhance nurses' understanding of shared decision making and outline its implications for nursing practice. It also explores how healthcare professionals can apply this philosophy to their practice and discusses how this approach to care affects the nurse-patient relationship.

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Learning aims and intended outcomes

  • Define shared decision making
  • Discuss the roles of the nurse and patient in shared decision making, and the effects of this on the nurse-patient relationship
  • Outline the benefits of shared decision making for patients, health professionals and the health service
  • Give examples of different decision aids and identify how these are used to assist shared decision making
  • Discuss the importance of realistic goal setting
  • Describe how shared decision making can be applied in your area of practice


  • Introduction
  • Implementing shared decision making
  • A practical guide to shared decision making
  • Conclusions


Claire Madsen
Consultant physiotherapist and deputy clinical director, Bristol Community Health, Bristol, England.
Aileen Fraser
Clinical director, Bristol Community Health, Bristol, England.


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  • Introduction
  • Implementing shared decision making
  • A practical guide to shared decision making
  • Conclusions

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