Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences

Apply the evidence

How can I help my patient make a decision?

Joint clinical decision making must include:

  • Effective communication about the benefits and risks of alternatives.
  • Use of language and concepts that the patient understands and outcomes they care about:
    • Survival
    • Side effects
    • Time away from work or home
    • Hospitalisation
    • Quality of life
  • Contextualising benefits and risks for that patient's situation.
  • Exploring that patient's values and preferences about the alternatives and outcomes.

Click on each heading below for more information:


UWA staff and students can listen to a highly recommended ABC radio interview with Dr Victor Montori presented on ‘The Health Report’.

Dr Montori, from the Mayo Clinic, Rochester, USA, is an expert in applying evidence based practice.

Interview with Dr Montori

The interview is provided by permission from the ABC.