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Shared Decision Making Programme: Communicating harm and benefits for Primary Care

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Intended audience group 2

Primary Care Professionals

Intended Audience Group
Shared Decision Making
Aims and Objectives

This version of the course is part of the overall Shared Decision Making Programme. There are four sessions designed to help clinicians from this specialty develop skills for communicating effectively with patients about the risks and benefits of treatment options.

By the end of each course, participants will be able to:

  • describe why it is important for clinicians to effectively communicate benefits, harms,
    trade-offs and uncertainties with patients
  • explain the inter-relationship between shared decision making, evidence-based medicine
    and patient-centred care in the context of communicating benefits and benefits of treatment options.
  • list key communication skills needed when talking with patients about evidence
  • explain how to effectively communicate statistical information to patients
  • outline the role of decision support tools, potential uses and where to locate them


BLMK, Online,
Frequency / Length
Resource / Organisation
Originally commissioned by the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care and has been licensed to the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges (AoMRC) as part of Choosing Wisely UK. It has been adapted for the UK by the Winton Centre for Risk and Evidence Communication at the University of Cambridge
Training delivered by

e-Learning for Healthcare (e-LfH)

This programme is freely available to anyone via their “Open Access” registration.  Please note your progress and completion of sessions will not be recorded and you will not be able to generate a record of completion.

Only NHS staff who register and log in will provide evidence of learning.

Cost, Funded or Free