Informed Decision Making

Strategies to achieve a clear understanding of options and identify the best course of action.

This program presents techniques to engage patients, clients, and peers in their own care through the process of working in partnership with them to identify the best course of action. Training focuses on a conceptual understanding and structured approach to an Informed Decision Making conversation, which requires understanding of patient and family values, potential benefits and risks of options, and possible next steps.

Program Summary

TypeFormatPrerequisitesCapacityDuration
Informed Decision Making OverviewPresentationNoneUnlimited1-1.5 hours
Workshop for ProfessionalsFace-to-Face WorkshopPrior training in Motivational Interviewing and Brief Interventions preferred (can be adapted if no prior experience)6-24 people per group4 hours
Workshop for the PublicFace-to-Face WorkshopNone6-100 people per group3.5 hours
NEW – Improving Interactions: Communication, Difficult Conversations,
and Informed Decision Making
Face-to-Face WorkshopNone6-12 people per group4 hours

Program Detail

Informed Decision Making Overview

This overview highlights key concepts for informed decision making and the foundation for working together. It is designed for front line clinicians and public groups with a range of backgrounds.

Workshop for Professionals

This workshop is designed for front line clinicians who are involved in diagnostic or treatment decisions, and it focuses on skills needed to create successful partnerships that support patients in making decisions consistent with their desire to be involved and the values that influence that decision. The workshop includes skills practice and opportunities to consider application to practice.

Workshop for the Public

This workshop is designed for patients, families, and peer mentors, and it focuses on skills needed for patients to participate fully in making decisions consistent with their values and achieving a clear understanding of the options. The workshop includes skills practice for participants.

Schedule & Fees

Please contact us to discuss fees based on your organization’s requirements, and for a schedule of upcoming sessions.

Additional Resources

The BRAIN (Benefits, Risks, Alternatives, Intuition, Next Steps) app is based on our popular worksheet. The app and worksheet both are designed to help you to think about the Benefits, Risks, and Alternatives to a decision. Then they ask you what your gut or intuition says and it help you to clarify the next steps that make sense to you.

The app is available for apple devices in the apple app store by searching CCMI BRAIN or going here

and for android devices in the google play store by searching CCMI BRAIN or going here

BRAIN Decision Making Worksheet

One of the practical tools that we have developed is the BRAIN Decision Making Worksheet, adapted with permission from the International Childbirth Association.

Download the Brain Decision Making Worksheet here:
BRAIN Decision Making Worksheet (Health) 
BRAIN Decision Making Worksheet (General) 

Health and Wellness Advertising Claims Assessment Worksheet

Another practical tool that we have partnered to develop is a worksheet for assessing health and wellness advertisements.

Click here to download: Health and Wellness Advertising Claims: So, Is it Truthful?

This tool was developed collaboratively with input from the public and professionals. We thank everyone who reviewed drafts and provided valuable feedback, including:

  • Plain Language Group of the South Riverdale Community Health Centre, Toronto, ON

The working group provided oversight and leadership:

  • Bernie Garrett, Associate Professor, UBC School of Nursing, Vancouver, BC
  • Elsie Petch, MHSc, Health Literacy Consultant, Toronto, ON
  • Lea Elcombe, Facilitator of the Plain Language Group of the South Riverdale Community Health Centre, Toronto, ON
  • Alifa Khan, Patient Advocate, Orangeville, ON
  • Denielle Wiebe, Graphic Designer, CCMI, Quesnel, BC
  • Connie Davis, Development Project Lead, CCMI, Hope BC

BRAIN (Benefits, Risks, Alternatives, Intuition, Next Steps) Decision Making Tool

As a patient or family member, it’s important to participate in health care decisions to the degree that you wish. One way to participate in decisions about your care is to use your BRAIN. This simple tool will help you guide a conversation with a health care team member so that you have the information you need to make informed decisions. CCMI is grateful to the patient partners who collaborated in developing this tool.

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