Giersdorf N, Loh A, Bieber C, Caspari C, Deinzer A, Doering T, Eich W, Hamann J, Heesen C, Kasper J, Leppert K, Müller K, Neumann T, Neuner B, Rohlfing H, Scheibler F, van Oorschot B, Spies C, Vodermaier A, Weiss-Gerlach E, Zysno P, Härter M, .

The German Ministry for Health and Social Security is funding ten projects to introduce shared decision making into clinical practice. The medical problems the projects are focussing on were chosen from among various diseases (e. g. depression, multiple sclerosis, cancer). The ten projects achieved consensus on a core set of instruments for the measurement of process and outcome of the shared decision making. Instruments developed in German-speaking countries are currently not available. Thus, linguistic and cultural validation had to be performed for the core set instruments. The results of the data analysis as well as patient interviews demonstrate the need for improving these instruments. Therefore, the members of the methodological working group concentrated on the integration of these results in a new instrument. In a first step the construct of „shared decision making“ was defined, followed by a definition of the process elements characterising shared decision making. Thereafter, items were developed on the basis of the process elements. The new instrument will now be validated for different diseases.

Bundesgesundheitsblatt Gesundheitsforschung Gesundheitsschutz 2004;47:969-76.

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