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Implement Sci. 2011 Jul 5;6:68. doi: 10.1186/1748-5908-6-68.

How can continuing professional development better promote shared decision-making? Perspectives from an international collaboration.

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  • 1Research Center of Centre Hospitalier Universitaire de Québec, Hospital St-François D'Assise, Québec City, Québec, Canada.



Shared decision-making is not widely implemented in healthcare. We aimed to set a research agenda about promoting shared decision-making through continuing professional development.


Thirty-six participants met for two days.


Participants suggested ways to improve an environmental scan that had inventoried 53 shared decision-making training programs from 14 countries. Their proposed research agenda included reaching an international consensus on shared decision-making competencies and creating a framework for accrediting continuing professional development initiatives in shared decision-making.


Variability in shared decision-making training programs showcases the need for quality assurance frameworks.

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