Attitudes toward shared decision-making and risk communication practices in residents and their teachers
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Background: Health professionals’ attitudes toward shared decision-making (SDM) are an important facilitator of SDM, but information on these attitudes is limited. Aims: The purpose of this study is to examine attitudes, education and practices around SDM and risk communication in residents and their teachers. Method: A questionnaire was mailed to residents in Swiss hospitals in postgraduate medical training programs assessing risk communication education and SDM. In an Internet survey, teachers of the medical training programs answered questions on SDM and risk communication practices. Data were analyzed with ANOVAs and paired samples t-tests. Results: Significant differences in residents’ and teachers’ opinions regarding SDM were found between specialties and number of residents in a residency (1–3, 4–10, ≥11 residents). Teachers showed a high use of verbal risk communication. Neither residents nor teachers expressed a strong feeling that they lacked the time for decision-making. Residents were significantly more negative about the ability of patients to participate in decision-making compared to their teachers. Conclusions: As residents are more negative about SDM compared to teachers and teachers do not always use the preferred and best methods for risk communication, more education for teachers and residents is needed to improve communication practices in the future. Show more
Journal / seriesMedical Teacher
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PublisherTaylor & Francis
Organisational unit03780 - Siegrist, Michael / Siegrist, Michael
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