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How can we enable shared goal setting and decision-making?

We are excited to announce that the Global Centre for Person-Centred Value-Based Health Care (PCVBHC), managed by Sprink, will be researching the following question in 2022:  

“How can we enable people receiving care and their clinicians to collaborate in a shared goal-setting and decision-making process to align care to outcome goals and care preferences?” 

To answer this question, we will conduct a literature review complemented with the knowledge from an international, multi-stakeholder community with expertise in goal setting, care preferences, and shared decision-making. 

Why are we doing this research?

As demand for health care services increases globally,[1] and budgets are becoming more stretched, we need to find new ways to offer individuals and populations the best possible quality of life. 

This includes rethinking the relationship between people and the services and professionals that provide their care.[2] Often, health care is ‘done to’ people rather than ‘with’ them, and success is based on outcomes defined at a population level. [2] 

Several approaches to delivering care have sought to challenge the traditional way of providing care. In Person-Centred Health Care, health care professionals work with people supporting them to develop confidence, skills, and knowledge to make informed decisions about their own health needs[2] based on their values, goals and preferences. And, Shared Decision Making (SDM) emphasises the need to discuss and share treatment options so that people can make decisions about the right care for them. These approaches might seem like a common-sense vision for health care, but they’re not standard practice.

With this research round, we aim to build knowledge on how people receiving care and health care professionals can collaborate to align care to individual values, goals, and care preferences.  

We aim to conclude the research by late 2023. 

How you can help

If you would like to contribute to helping us answer the research question, or if you’re interested in learning more about the Global Centre for Person-Centred Value-Based Health Care and receiving updates, please get in touch with Andrea Srur, Associate Director: a.srur@sprink.co.uk.

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