P² Collaborative's 2014 Creating a Healthier Community Conference, scheduled for Thursday, October 9, promises to be an informative, engaging and inspiring day of presenters and panels sharing what it will take to create a healthier Western New York.
There is good evidence that Shared Decision Making (SDM), where patients and their clinicians engage in meaningful conversations about the benefits and harms of preventative, diagnostic, and treatment options, improves the quality and costs of care. At this year's Creating a Healthier Community Conference Dr. Thomas Workman will discuss the ways in which patients, community groups, clinicians, and health care administrators, and others can help to improve medical decision making for everyone using SDM. Individual roles for improving research, building effective decision tools, and building the capacity for difficult trade-off conversations will be discussed, along with ideas on how SDM can be easily implemented and supported as a regular part of the health care visit.
Thomas Workman, Ph.D., is the principal communication researcher and evaluator in the American Institute for Research (AIR)’s Health Program. His role is to develop, design and conduct the formative and evaluative research for communication activities and campaigns and develop metrics and data collection methods to evaluate multichannel communications activities. He leads AIR’s Center for Patient and Consumer Engagement and has worked on a variety of projects related to involving patients and consumers in health care research, service and policy decisions for the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), and others.
If you have not yet registered for Creating a Healthier Community, make sure to reserve your space today- our early bird discount only lasts until September 1. More information on the conference is available at http://www.p2wny.org/conference.html.