Women's and Children's Hospital, Adelaide
Consumer Engagement - Shared Decision-Making

Consumer and Community Engagement

Shared Decision-Making

Our women, families, children and young people have told us that all staff must T.U.N.E. in and connect with them during appointments, treatments, procedures and discharge planning. The "E" of tune is to "equally share decisions", which is known as shared decision-making. Sharing decision-making is something that happens right across the Health Network.

Shared decision-making is term that is used in hospitals and health care settings that empower you and those who care for you to help make the decisions. It implies that you are able, willing and allowed to make decisions that impact you. Our vision and number one priority in the Women's and Children's Health Network is to support all of our consumers to be informed and make decisions. Shared decision-making means you will work with your health care provider in a deliberate way to make decisions.

Shared decision-making in WCHN has three parts:

  1. You will...

  2. Share what is important to you and discuss all of your questions.

  3. Health care provider will...

  4. Listen to the information provided by you.

    Help you understand what the best choices are.

  5. Together you, your family and the health care provider will...

  6. Find common ground on preferences and treatment.

    Monitor choices together.

One of the common concerns in shared decision-making is that consumers may not have the necessary time, knowledge and skills to participate. That is okay, because part of the Person and Family Centred Care Charter is to ensure that all WCHN health care providers build capability and capacity of our consumers to build the skills.

A simple task that you could do before coming in for an appointment at the Hospital or within one of the community sites is to make a list of questions.

  • You can prepare for your appointment by creating a list of questions to ask here:
  • Link iconQuestion Builder (healthdirect web site)

  • Print or email the list so that it is handy to take to your appointment.

This preparation will help you get more out of the time with your doctor and help you to remember everything you want to ask.

 

last modified: 19 May 2017