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Making Better Decisions: Improving Outcomes for Tough Clinical Decisions (Recorded Webinar)

presented by George Barnes, MS, CCC-SLP, BCS-S

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Financial: George Barnes receives compensation from MedBridge for this course. There is no financial interest beyond the production of this course.

Nonfinancial: George Barnes has no competing nonfinancial interests or relationships with regard to the content presented in this course.

Satisfactory completion requirements: All disciplines must complete learning assessments to be awarded credit, no minimum score required unless otherwise specified within the course.

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Video Runtime: 114 Minutes; Learning Assessment Time: 19 Minutes

This course is a recording of a previously hosted live webinar event. Polling and question submission features are not available for this recording. Format and structure may differ from those of standard MedBridge courses.

Do you work in healthcare? Do you make decisions? What would you say if you knew a high percentage of those decisions might make your patient worse instead of better? Practitioners are highly susceptible to biases and heuristics, creating a considerable risk of error. This course will improve your ability to examine your decision-making processes and adopt research-based strategies to improve those processes. At the end of the course, you'll have practical takeaways for your patients that you can use the following morning.

Learning Objectives
  • Recognize natural cognitive patterns that may limit the accuracy of our clinical decisions
  • Identify the different decision-making approaches that can minimize biases and heuristics and improve judgment
  • Outline the steps of a decision-making guideline to organize essential factors and make better decisions
  • Paraphrase decision-making approaches to improve decision-making in the learner's work environment

Meet Your Instructor

George Barnes, MS, CCC-SLP, BCS-S

George Barnes is a board-certified specialist in swallowing and swallowing disorders and has developed an expertise in dysphagia management, focusing on diagnostics and clinical decision-making in the medically complex population. George yearns to make education useful, research clinically focused, and quality care accessible. He cofounded a mobile FEES service to expand access to high-quality dysphagia…

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Chapters & Learning Objectives

1. Errors Matter

The stakes of medical errors will be discussed. Examples will be introduced to emphasize the importance of incorporating a decision-making process into the clinician’s practice.

2. Recognizing Errors

Recognize the types of cognitive biases and heuristics healthcare practitioners often fall victim to. Examples will be discussed so clinicians know what to look out for to improve their ability to recognize these patterns when they occur.

3. Minimizing Errors

Learn how to avoid errors and minimize the impact of the ones that inevitably occur. Multiple approaches and techniques will be discussed, including a formal multistep decision-making process.

4. Teamwork

Understand how a team approach can be useful and also counterproductive. Learn the most effective ways to utilize a team to improve outcomes for the patient.

5. Decision Journal

Utilize a decision journal to minimize hindsight bias and improve judgment. This tool can be used in discussion groups to identify problems and improve decision-making processes.

6. Question and Answer Session

This chapter is a viewer-submitted question and answer session facilitated by the instructor.

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