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Where can I find education resources about patient communication and their treatment options?


The Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care  (AVSQHC) has developed an online education module on shared decision making that focuses on communicating risk. The two hour e-learning module is free of charge to health care providers and can be claimed as a CPD learning activity. 


Called ‘Helping patients make informed decisions: Communicating risks and benefits’, the module’s goal is, “To support clinicians develop and refine their skills in communicating effectively about the benefits and risks of treatment options with consumers.”


The background to this module’s development is explained by the Commission in more detail: “The Commission initially worked with the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners to develop the module for general practitioners. It was then adapted and modified for use by the Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists, Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Gynaecologists, Royal Australasian College of Surgeons and Royal Australasian College of Physicians. Following this the Commission developed [this] open access version.”

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