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Smoking rates in NZ teens are continuing to decrease, according to recent results from the Year 10 Youth Snapshot Survey. This is the largest survey of youth smoking in New Zealand and samples around half of all Year 10 students each year.
To read more, view the report from the ASH website.
Making Shared Decision Making a Reality - "No decision about me without me"
Kings Fund, July 2011
This earlier report aims to clarify what is meant by the term shared decision-making, what skills and resources are required to implement it, and what action is needed to make this vision a reality.
The principle of shared decision-making in the context of a clinical consultation is that it should:
The report outlines the importance of communication skills and sets out how clinicians might approach consultations to arrive at shared decisions. It also suggests that tools that help patients in making decisions are just as important as guidelines for clinicians.
Read more by visiting the Kings Fund webpage.
Leading the Way to Shared Decision-Making
Health Foundation, February 2012
Two useful reports on shared decision-making are worth reading. The most recent one is a Summit Report - Leading the Way to Shared Decision-Making and was published in February by the Health Foundation. This report identifies four critical steps for the NHS Commissioning Board to make ‘no decision about me, without me’ a reality.
These are: 1. The Board must engage in the development of a strong narrative for shared decision making 2. The Board must inspire others to play their part 3. The Board must invest in the development of robust and meaningful measures of patients’ involvement in their own care 4. The Board must pro-actively encourage the changes in service provision necessary to meet different expectations.
Link to website and report
Evidence: Overcoming challenges to improving quality Health Foundation, UK; April 2012
Published by the Health Foundation, UK, this report outlines lessons from their improvement programme evaluations over the last 10 years and sets this in the context of the broader academic literature.
The report highlights three themes and 10 challenges that typically affect improvement.
To read the report and suggested solutions
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