Decision Making

"No problem can withstand the assault of sustained thinking" Voltaire 

This document has been curated by Fellows of the RACP to help you find high quality CPD resources on decision making.

Resources are categorised by type:

  1. Key organisations & websites
  2. Webcasts
  3. Courses
  4. Tools
  5. Key journals
  6. Recommended reading

Professional Development in Decision Making

A physician must generate alternative possibilities or courses of actions to solve a problem, assessing the hazards and weighing up the threats and benefits of potential options.

Important behaviours include:

  • Recognising and articulating problems to be addressed
  • Initiating balanced discussion of options, pros and cons with relevant team members
  • Carefully considering contraindications, potential interactions and complications of therapeutic options
  • Respecting the patient’s right to self-determination

For further information on patterns of behaviour and behaviour markers in the area of decision making please refer to the SPPP Guide.

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1. Key Organisations & Websites

Useful as a starting point and overview of current work in this area

CPD tipCPD TIP:  Don’t forget to claim CPD credits for any learning from these websites. Download the current MyCPD Framework here. 

  • Capacity Australia
    his is a not-for-profit charity based in Sydney made up of experts from the medical, legal, ageing and disability fields.  The website reflects the expertise of the group and the resources page is particularly useful.

  •  Society for Medical Decision Making
    SMDM is an international group that strongly supports shared, informed decision making between patients and providers. This site provides access to relevant research in this area and is also useful for patients.

  • Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care
    The Australian Commission on safety and Quality in Health Care set up this comprehensive page which provides various resources relevant to medical decision making.

  • Human Diagnosis Project
    The Human Diagnosis Project is a worldwide effort to create a single open system that maps any human health problem to its possible diagnoses map. This creative initiative is designed to enhance clinical reasoning.

2. Webcasts

Useful for brief overviews of topics and recent developments

CPD tipCPD tip: Don’t forget to claim CPD credits for any learning from these webcasts in Category 5 (1 credit/hr). Download the current MyCPD Framework here.

3. Courses

Useful for in depth, structured learning

CPD tipCPD tip: Don’t forget to claim CPD credits for any learning from these courses. Download the current MyCPD Framework here. 

  • Mastering Shared Decision Making
    This course ran by the Cognitive Institute encourages participants to reflect on their current attitudes and practises. It addresses how doctors and patients arrive at a decision and what constitutes a ‘good’ healthcare decision.

  • Finding and Appraising the Evidence
    These six modules take you through the process of finding evidence and how to assess the validity and reliability of published research in order to provide effective and efficient healthcare.

  • Clinical Practice Improvement Training Program
    This program from the Clinical Excellence Commission is designed to train physicians to undertake a comprehensive diagnostic of the causes of process failures.

4. Tools

Useful for implementing what you have learned in your daily practice

CPD tipCPD tip: Don’t forget to claim CPD credits for any learning from these tools. Download the current MyCPD Framework here. 

5. Key Journals

Useful for keeping up to date with research and finding out more on specific topics

CPD tipCPD tip: Don’t forget to claim CPD credits for your time reading these journals in Category 5 (1 credit/hr). Download the current MyCPD Framework here. 

  • Medical Decision Making
    MDM publishes articles that offer rigorous and systematic approaches to decision making. The journal is designed to improve the health and clinical care, and to assist with health policy development.

  • BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making
    BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making publishes research articles in all aspects of medical informatics and medical decision making.

6. Recommended Reading

Useful for keeping up to date with research and finding out more on specific topics

CPD tipCPD tip: Don’t forget to claim CPD credits for your time spent on these readings in Category 5 (1 credit/hr). Download the current MyCPD Framework here. 

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RACP curated collections are managed by the Learning Support Unit, based on the contributions and peer review of Fellows of the College and other experts.

We thank Dr Simon Allan, Dr David Gillis and A/Prof Mark Kotowicz for their contributions to the Decision Making page.

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