Implementing shared decision-making in Australia

Z Evid Fortbild Qual Gesundhwes. 2022 Jun:171:15-21. doi: 10.1016/j.zefq.2022.04.002. Epub 2022 May 11.


Person-centred care (PCC) and shared decision-making (SDM) are part of national clinical standards for an increasing number of areas of health care delivery. In addition to existing standards for accrediting hospitals, day surgery facilities, public dental services and medical education in Australia, new standards governing primary health care and digital mental health services have been added. Implementation and measurement of PCC and SDM to comply with standards, and training of health professionals, remain challenges for the Australian health sector. Consumer involvement in health research, policy and clinical service governance continues to increase and the National Health and Medical Research Council has begun to encourage consumer and community involvement in health and medical research. This increased consumer engagement and moves towards more PCC provision is reflected in a focus on encouraging patients to ask questions during their clinical care and supports improvements in consumer health literacy. SDM support tools are now being culturally adapted whilst a need for more systemic approaches to their development and implementation persists. With increasing resources and tools for all aspects of PCC and SDM challenges to find sustainable solutions to ensure tools are kept up to date with the best available evidence remain.

Keywords: Australia; Australien; Gesundheitskompetenz; Health literacy; Partizipative Entscheidungsfindung; Person-centred care; Personenzentrierte Versorgung; Policy; Politik; Shared decision-making.

MeSH terms

  • Australia
  • Decision Making*
  • Decision Making, Shared
  • Germany
  • Humans
  • Patient Participation*