Shared decision making: research & teach (part 1)

Member Fee: £90 Non Member Fee: £115

The objective of this part of the course is to enable researchers to appraise, compare, apply, justify and interpret SDM research designs and methodology.

By the end of the course, participants will be able to:

  • Describe the breadth of definitions of SDM (part 1)
  • Understand the strengths and limitations of using certain research designs and measurement tools
  • Apply this knowledge to one’s own (proposed) SDM project

The course is directed towards researchers with some background in research on healthcare communication, and who have some prior knowledge on SDM but wish to explore (other) possible ways to research this topic.

Participation in SDM course part 1 is a prerequisite for this course.

Language: The course will be held in English and we will try to accommodate participants for whom English is not their first language.

As preparation for part 1 of the course, participants will be sent a synopsis of the theory and 2-3 papers on SDM. No additional preparation is required for the research course.


Arwen PieterseArwen Pieterse
Associate Professor in Medical Decision Making, Leiden University Medical Center (LUMC), The Netherlands
She was trained as a cognitive psychologist and obtained her PhD in 2005, investigating doctor-patient communication. She was Research fellow of the Dutch Cancer Society (2008-2011). Her most recent research work relates to doctor/patient treatment preferences, patient involvement in treatment decision making, and defining and measuring shared decision making. She received the 2018 Jozien Bensing research award from EACH and has been Associate editor of Patient Education and Counseling since 2017.


Marleen KunnemanMarleen Kunneman
Senior Researcher at the LUMC, The Netherlands and Assistant Professor of Medicine at Mayo Clinic, USA
She was trained as a Clinical Linguist and obtained her PhD in Medicine, focusing on patient-clinician communication and shared decision making (SDM). She has a special interest in technical versus humanistic approaches of SDM, measurement with a wink, burden of patient involvement and making care fit in patients’ lives.


Leonie VisserLeonie Visser
Senior Researcher at Karolinska Institutet in Stockholm, Sweden in collaboration with the Alzheimer center Amsterdam at Amsterdam University Medical Centers, The Netherlands.
She has a background in Medical Psychology and obtained her PhD investigating medical communication in the oncology setting. Currently, her research focusses on the memory clinic setting, and SDM and risk communication in the context of Alzheimer’s disease and dementia.

Annegrethe NielsenAnnegrethe Nielsen
University College Copenhagen, Denmark
Annegrethe Nielsen, Ph.D, is a senior lecturer at the nursing department at University College Copenhagen. She has been teaching communication skills to students and professionals of a variety of healthcare professions for more than 20 years and is a member of the teaching committee of EACH. She is especially interested in the skills of shared decision making and how to teach and implement the skills in professional practice.


Sarah ShepherdSarah Shepherd
Senior lecturer and lead for the clinical communication programme at Manchester Medical School, University of Manchester, UK. She has undertaken research in Shared Decision Making and doctor patient communication. Currently she trains educators and teaches communication skills in medical education.



Ana Carvajal de la Torre
Family Physician at Servicio Galego de Saude, Spain. She has been teaching communication skills to postgraduate students, residents, and other healthcare professionals for more than 20 years. Member of the teaching committee of EACH. Currently Ph.D. student on the topic of Shared Decision Making in which she is especially interested.

Full Course

The Shared decision making course is a two part course incorporating this course and the Shared decision making: research course.  It is also possible to attend the Shared decision making: teach course.  Part 1 is a requisite for attending part 2.

Part 1 only: £90 member, £115 non member
Whole course: either 2 or 3 parts £120 member, £155 non member

Course Dates

Monday 16 May – SDM research & teach Part 1 (3.5 hours)
Friday 20 May – SDM teach Part 2 (4.5 hours)
Tuesday 24 May – SDM research Part 2 (4.5 hours)


Date/Time 16 May 2022 @ 9:00 am - 12:30 pm

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