The Centre for Collaboration, Motivation, and Innovation (CCMI) is a non-profit organization dedicated to building skills and confidence for better health and health care. Their vision is "to improve health outcomes through helping people take active roles in their health."
The BRAIN Informed Decision Making Aid
Achieving this vision entails the development of tools that can facilitate patient-provider conversations. To that end, they have adapted the BRAIN Informed Decision Making tool from the International Childbirth Association.
At the recent BC Patient Safety Quality Council's Quality Forum (#QF16), I was asked to give a talk on Choosing Wisely and was put into the "Patient Empowerment" breakout session. It was fortuitous that my talk preceded that of the CCMI team as I got to see their presentation on the tool and learn about its development (slides accessible here).
Helping a patient to explore the [B]enefits, [R]isks, [A]lternatives, their [I]ntuition, and [N]ext steps, the BRAIN tool can assist people navigating any significant health choice.
You can view and download the PDF on the CCMI's website. The simple format and generalizability means it could easily become a 'go to' tool for patients and clinicians who wish to engage in shared decision-making.
Please feel free to leave your feedback on this tool in the comments section below; the input can be forwarded to the CCMI team. Has it been a helpful tool for you as a patient or caregiver? Do your patients find the format straightforward?
Seeking more tools like this to facilitate patient-provider discussions around important health choices? Less is More includes a list of mainly Shared Decision Making Tools, in the hands-on resource section.