Myriam Gagné, PhD
Unity Health Toronto, St. Michael’s Hospital, Toronto, ON

Shared decision-making occurs when patients and providers mutually reach health decisions based on scientific evidence and patient goals and preferences. In asthma, this patient-centred approach has been shown to improve therapeutic adherence, yet implementation remains challenging in real-world care. In this presentation, we will review scientific knowledge about shared decision-making in respiratory care, including barriers and enablers to uptake and available tools to support implementation in routine clinical encounters. We will discuss how the new treatment paradigm for mild asthma represents a unique opportunity to drive shared decision-making in respiratory care.

Learning Objectives
At the end of this presentation, attendees will be able to:

  • Define shared decision-making and evaluate the extent to which this approach is currently implemented in your practice;
  • Use available implementation tools to support shared decision-making in real-world clinical interactions; and
  • Identify health decisions that could be made through a shared decision-making approach in respiratory care.

CanMEDS Roles Addressed: Communicator