Getting there together professional development course: shared-decision making in wheelchair evaluations
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The wheelchair evaluation process is complicated for clinicians and consumers alike. Consumers report feeling uninvolved in the wheelchair evaluation process resulting in feeling uniformed and dissatisfied and in some cases, being prescribed wheelchairs that do not meet their needs. Consequently, consumers may abandon the recommended wheelchair which may impact participation in Mobility-Related Activities of Daily Living (M-RADLs). Shared-Decision Making (SDM), used in healthcare encounters, may be used by clinicians to facilitate a collaborative process when recommending wheelchairs. This project proposes a continuing education course designed to teach the principles of SDM and guide clinicians’ implementation of SDM into their practices.
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