Advancing Shared Decision Making
For over two decades, the Informed Medical Decisions Foundation has been working to advance shared decision making through research, policy, clinical models and patient decision aids. We believe that the only way to ensure high quality medical decisions are being made is for a fully informed patient to participate in a shared decision making process with their health care provider.
Just before the Thanksgiving holiday, our implementation manager, Megan Bowen, received her health coach certification from the High Value Healthcare Collaborative (HVHC). This certification gives Megan the ability to coach and guide patients through medical decisions, taking into consideration their own thoughts and preferences. She received this certification after completing four weeks of intensive training, which included a variety of lectures, modules and activities.
As part of the HVHC, one objective is to train health care providers in how to engage patients in shared decision making (SDM), ensuring they know how to incorporate background, context and tools into the decision making process. The course is taught by Catherine “Kate” Clay, a professor from Dartmouth who specializes in health coaching and SDM. Julie Riley, our adult learning and development specialist, helped Kate transform the course from academic focused, to a hands on, real world experience. Julie wanted to “make sure the participants got as much practical experience as possible since they would shortly be coaching patients.”
The HVHC itself is a group of 19 health care delivery systems, along with the Dartmouth Institute, who serve over 70 million patients in the U.S., with the common goal of improving both care and health, and reducing costs. In 2010, the HVHC received $26 million from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation to serve as a model for national health care reform through patient engagement and empowerment. The collaborative believes that SDM is a crucial step to achieving the goals of the HVHC; therefore, the health coach course is required to join the collaborative.
We extend our congratulations to Meg on achieving her health coach certification and encourage you to learn more about the this initiative by visiting the HVHC website.
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