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Shared Decision Making in Secondary Care

The NHS Long Term Plan has pinned shared decision making as a key component of the universal personalised care plan model which should be implemented by 2023/241.

Shared decision making (SDM) ensures that individuals are supported to make decisions based on their personal preferences and are, therefore, more likely to adhere to evidence-based treatment regimes, and less likely to regret the decisions that are made2. With widespread availability of healthcare-related information and shifting perceptions of patients towards their own health, it is becoming of paramount importance for both patients and clinicians. However, this can be challenging to implement as part of routine practice. In this webinar Dr Ernie Wong shares his experience of implementing shared decision making in secondary care.

1. NHS England and NHS Improvement. Personalised care. Shared Decision Making. Available at Shared-decision-making-summary-guide-v1.pdf (england.nhs.uk)
2. Stacey, D. et al. (2014), Decision aids for people facing health treatment or screening decisions, Cochrane Database Syst. Review (1): CD001431

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Dr Ernie Wong

Dr Ernie Wong is an honorary Clinical Senior Lecturer at the Airway Disease Infection, National Heart and Lung Institute. He is a Consultant Respiratory Physician and the lead for Asthma at St Mary’s Hospital.

After graduating from Imperial College School of Medicine, he completed specialist training in respiratory and general internal medicine. He trained at St George’s Hospital, King’s College Hospital and Royal Brompton Hospital respectively.

He was awarded a PhD at Imperial College London under the supervision of Prof Sebastian Johnston, investigating the role of the lung microbiome in virus-induced asthma exacerbations.

Dr Wong has been heavily involved in establishing integrated care services and is interested in exploring ways to optimise care and improve patients’ journey.