Amanda J. Monsell Advanced Practitioner: North Cardiff Medical Centre Associate Lecturer: Non-medical Independent Prescribing Cardiff University Contact details: MonsellA@cardiff.ac.uk Learning Outcomes To be familiar with the key principle of concordance in non-medical independent prescribing. To recognise the barriers to information-giving within a consultation To highlight availability of patient decision making tools Empowerment Patient empowerment is considered a paramount skill in the prescribing arena It can be defined as: 1. “To give power or authority to – to authorize” 2. “To give ability to; enable or permit” Sinclair et al 1999 pp. 468 Empowerment and Prescribing Communication Patient participation Awareness of patients concerns Shared-decision making Concordance Acceptance that sometimes the patient may want to decline treatment Communication Good communication and patient participation is the crux of the shared decision-making process1;2 but how is this best achieved? One needs to consider several factors Patient’s capacity to retain and recollect information Their understanding and assimilation of that information The impact of consultation time on what are potentially life-long decisions Capacity Memory for recollection of information is poor and worsened by anxiety and age1 Ability to remember information is small 40-80% of information given in a consultation is forgotten immediately 2 The more information given, the more is actually forgotten2 Understanding To achieve patient understanding and true concordance requires time and the formation of a partnership between the clinician and the patient.3 Equipoise is advocated from the clinician demonstrating no set opinion4 This is highlighted as essential especially with the increase in poly-pharmacy2 Consideration must be given as to how understanding can be best achieved Time Implications Within a consultation there must be recognition that the patient may need time to reflect upon the information given after all 10-15 minutes isn’t long! Allowing a patient to go home and discuss the options with family and friends can help the process of informed decision making6 Having easy access to patient information leaflets assists the process7 Barriers to Adherence Anxiety Poor relationship and using “medic speak”8 Depression (use of PHQ-2 assessment for patients with chronic diseases in primary care)9 Dictatorial or paternalistic approach to the consultation in some instances Age and Gender10 Decision-making Aids Media releases Internet Patient Information leaflets7; 11; 12 Written Pictorial11, 12 Videos / DVD13 Verbal advice7; 14 Expert patient groups Patient Participation How do we get patient’ “involved”? 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