You’re Invited! Join along with the Patient Empowerment Network, @power4patients, for the next Empowered #patientchat where we’ll discuss the concepts of Shared Decision Making and Patient-Centered Care.
The Patient Empowerment Network is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to giving you the tools to gain more control of your health and healthcare as you or a loved one deal with a serious diagnosis. Together, Intake.me and PEN developed an ePatient101 course for those impacted by Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia (CLL) which you can access at ePatient101.com.
Advocate Dee Sparacio, @womenofteal, wrote on the concepts of Shared Decision Making and Patient-Centered Care for the #gyncsm blog: “Have you sat with your doctor to discuss what are the next steps in your treatment plan? Has your health care team asked you, “What are your goals? “. Have they given you a choice regarding follow-up tests? Have they suggested clinical trials or complimentary therapies? Have you been asked about your experience after a treatment? Health care professionals – Do you explain treatment outcomes in lay terms with your patients when helping them decide on a treatment? Do you refer your patients to a support group or therapist so their emotional needs are met? Do you relay information a patient has shared with you so that accommodations can be made? These are the types of discussions that lay the groundwork for patient-centered care and shared decision making. Maybe you’ve been involved in such discussions and didn’t even know the terms for it or that there are people advocating for these ideas in healthcare.”
Guiding our discussion will be the following Topic (T#:) Questions:
T1: What is the concept of Shared Decision Making #SDM in healthcare all about?
T2: What are some tips for making Shared Decision Making work in practice? Where can people learn more?
T3: What would patient-centered care look like for you? (for appointments, results, treatment, medical records, etc.)
T4: What value do healthcare philosophies like these bring to patients, families and providers?
T5: Have you seen these concepts put into practice? Examples? What has worked well?
T6: What are some of the barriers to making Shared Decision Making and patient-centered care part of healthcare?
Empowered Patient Chats (#patientchat) are held every other Friday at 10:00 am Pacific / 1:00 pm Eastern and during the chat patients and advocates come to learn from each other and discuss topics of interest to empowered patients. Click HERE to learn more about the Empowered #patientchat Series plus read tips on how to participate.