Think Global, Act Local: Best Practice Around the World
The APHA Annual Meeting and Exposition will bring together more than 13,000 providers, administrators, researchers, educators and health specialists from around the world. In an ongoing effort to address public health issues on a global scale, the theme of the 141st meeting is "Think Global, Act Local: Best Practices Around the World."
This year, shared decision making will make it's debut in two scientific sessions. First, in a poster session on innovative educational strategies, Nancy Rothman from Temple University will present the "Better Decisions Together" project.
The initiative aims to empower patients to engage in meaningful conversations with their health care providers to make medical decisions together. The target audience of this project are uninsured and Medicaid-qualified patients in six federally qualified health centers.
In an oral session on medical decision making and risk communication
, speakers will discuss the impact of the Internet on decision making with a specific focus on disease screenings and immunizations. Presenters will identify strategies for effective communication of risk and make a case for patient and provider engagement in a shared decision making process.
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MaineHealth, a demonstration site of the Informed Medical Decisions Foundation, will be hosting a conference on May 17th, featuring national and local experts on shared decision making (SDM). Attendees will have the opportunity to attend a number of sessions on topics such as end of life care, risk communication, decision aids, patient engagement and preference-sensitive care.
Last week, MaineHealth, an Informed Medical Decisions Foundation demonstration site, held its first conference dedicated to shared decision making (SDM). The conference, entitled “Shared Decision Making: The Patient Voice in Health Care,” featured presentations from national and local experts on SDM, and focused on bringing the patient perspective into the health care delivery system.
We propose an evaluation that will assess three important components of risk communication: 1) provide patients with personalized risk communication using the risk calculator developed by the Informed Medical Decisions Foundation and health information taken from the Living with Coronary Artery Disease program; 2) provide personalized tailored patient feedback to help initiate and maintain specific cardiovascular CVD-related behaviors (e.g., medication adherence, exercise, diet, smoking cessation) to reduce risks; and 3) evaluate how this feedback can be incorporated into clinical care by examining 3-month patient outcomes and provider responses to the risk information.
The broad, long-term goal of this project is to determine the value of enhanced multimedia approaches to communicating probabilities in patient decision support tools when applied to patients with low health literacy/numeracy.