Elizabeth Schoenfeld, MD, MS
Department of Emergency Medicine, Institute of Healthcare Delivery and Population Science; University of Massachusetts Medical School - Baystate
Disclosure Relationship(s): Nothing to disclose
Does Shared Decision Making seem great in theory, but not always feasible during a busy shift? Are there too many competing priorities, making the use of this approach to patient engagement seem too challenging or time consuming? Are you already using Shared Decision-Making, but wonder if you could be doing it better? In this interactive workshop, participants will learn how to use Shared Decision-Making effectively to help engage patients and better explain medical options in the ED, all without sacrificing efficiency. This session will start with a brief review of the use of Shared Decision-Making in the Emergency Department, focusing on common opportunities to use SDM. An effective SDM conversation will be demonstrated and then participants will break up into “physician” and “patient” dyads to practice using this skill for several different cases and provide immediate feedback to the person playing the “physician” role. The workshop will end with a final panel and large group discussion of the barriers to using SDM and the tactics to overcome these barriers. Participants will not only learn the best ways for using Shared Decision-Making with their patients at the bedside, but also be given the tools to teach others in their own departments how to engage patients in medical decision-making. The panel will discuss how to incorporate Shared Decision-Making as part of routine clinical care in both academic and community settings. This workshop has been developed and tested with dozens of participants, and adapted to the needs of Emergency Clinicians.