Institute for Quality and Efficiency IQWiG in Health Care

Köln, Germany

Institute for Quality and Efficiency IQWiG in Health Care

Köln, Germany
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Harter M.,University of Hamburg | Harter M.,Agency for Quality in Medicine AZQ | Dirmaier J.,University of Hamburg | Scholl I.,University of Hamburg | And 7 more authors.
Zeitschrift fur Evidenz, Fortbildung und Qualitat im Gesundheitswesen | Year: 2017

The main focus of the paper is on the description of the development and current state of research and implementation of patient-centered care (PCC) and shared decision-making (SDM) after fifteen years of substantial advances in health policy and health services research. What is the current state of SDM in health policy? The ". Law on Patients' Rights" from 2013 standardizes all rights and responsibilities within the framework of medical treatment for German citizens and legal residents. This comprises the right to informed decisions, comprehensive and comprehensible information for patients, and decisions based on a clinician-patient-partnership. What is the current state of SDM interventions and patient decision support tools? SDM training programs for healthcare professionals have been developed. Their implementation in medical schools has been successful. Few decision support tools - primarily with support from health insurance funds and other public agencies - are to be implemented in routine care, specifically for national cancer screening programs. What is the current state of research and routine implementation? The German government and other public institutions are constantly funding research programs in which patient-centered care and shared decision-making are important topics. The development and implementation of decision tools for patients and professionals as well as the implementation of CME trainings for healthcare professionals require future efforts. What does the future look like? With the support of health policy and scientific evidence, transfer of PCC and SDM to practice is regarded as meaningful. Research can help to assess barriers, facilitators, and needs, and subsequently to develop and evaluate corresponding strategies to successfully implement PCC and SDM in routine care, which remains challenging. © 2017.


Harter M.,University of Hamburg | Harter M.,Agency for Quality in Medicine AZQ | Dirmaier J.,University of Hamburg | Scholl I.,University of Hamburg | And 7 more authors.
Zeitschrift fur Evidenz, Fortbildung und Qualitat im Gesundheitswesen | Year: 2017

The main focus of the paper is on the description of the development and current state of research and implementation of patient-centered care (PCC) and shared decision making (SDM) after fifteen years of substantial advances in health policy and health services research. What is the current state of SDM in health policy? The “Patients’ Rights Act” from 2013 standardizes all rights and responsibilities within the framework of medical treatment for German citizens and legal residents. This comprises the right to informed decisions, comprehensive and comprehensible information for patients, and decisions based on a clinician-patient-partnership. What is the current state of SDM interventions and patient decision support tools? SDM training programs for healthcare professionals have been developed. Their implementation in medical schools has been successful. Several decision support tools – primarily with support from health insurance funds and other public agencies – are to be implemented in routine care, specifically for national cancer screening programs. What is the current state of research and routine implementation? The German government and other public institutions are constantly funding research programs in which patient-centered care and shared decision-making are important topics. The development and implementation of decision tools for patients and professionals as well as the implementation of CME trainings for healthcare professionals require future efforts. What does the future look like? With the support of health policy and scientific evidence, transfer of PCC and SDM to practice is regarded as meaningful. Research can help to assess barriers, facilitators, and needs, and subsequently to develop and evaluate corresponding strategies to successfully implement PCC and SDM in routine care, which remains challenging. © 2017

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