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Shared Decision Making Resource Center

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Education Opportunities and Events

As part of its mission to educate providers and practice teams about shared decision making and decision support, Shared Decision Making Resource Center staff develop clinical education materials and lead training and education events at MaineHealth member hospitals. 

Provider Education Events

March 14, 2012
8:00 am- 9:00 am
Medical Grand Rounds
MMC Dana Auditorium, Portland, ME
Kathleen Fairfield, MD, DrPH:  Update on Shared Decision Making in Clinical Practice

May 16, 2012
8:00 am -9:00 am
Medical Grand Rounds
MMC Dana Auditorium, Portland, ME
Paul Han, MD and Moritz Hansen, MD: Shared Decision Making in Prostate Cancer

Health Literacy Training
The critical importance of health literacy in determining patients’ ability to manage their health and make health care decisions is widely recognized.  The MaineHealth Learning Resource Center offers practical tools for MaineHealth providers and practice teams to help them meet patients’ health literacy needs, offering both training events and online resources.

An intensive course will be offered on:

March 29, 2012
9:00 am- 4:00 pm
110 Free Street, Portland, ME

Shared Decision Making: The Patient Voice in Health Care

May 17, 2012
8:00 am- 3:30 pm
110 Free Street, Portland, ME

This conference will explore ways in which health care providers can elicit and incorporate patient values and preferences into health care decisions.   Topics include:

  • Practical tools for providing decision support
  • SDM and elective surgery
  • Effective risk communication strategies for providers
  • Role of patient communities and technology in SDM
  • SDM and end of life care
  • Designing a value-based health insurance product featuring SDM
  • Role of health literacy in SDM
  • Measuring the impact of SDM

Keynote speakers include John Wennberg, MDMPH, creator of the Dartmouth Atlas of Health Care and co-founder of the Foundation for Informed Medical Decision Making; and “e-Patient Dave” deBronkart, cancer survivor and founder of the Society for Participatory Medicine.

Read the education module, Shared Decision Making: Getting the Most for our Healthcare Dollars, from the American Medical Association which describes shared decision making as a means of enhancing value in healthcare.


110 Free Street | Portland, Maine 04101 | (207) 661-7001