Certificate in InforMED Medical Decision-Making

Coming Soon!

While almost everyone would agree that patients should be fully informed about the risks and benefits of any diet, test, drug, supplement, or procedure before making a choice to proceed, the reality is that this is not the way healthcare services are presented in practice. Doctors and other healthcare providers tell patients what to do (referred to as “informing”) and patients often say “ok” (referred to as “consenting”).

Discussions with providers, articles in medical journals, advertising, and other forms of communication usually focus on benefits, and risks are often not mentioned or are dismissed as being insignificant. To make matters worse, benefits are usually expressed in relative rather than absolute terms which makes most tests and treatment options seem much better than they really are. The result of these practices is that patients are often over-tested, over-treated, given poor and inaccurate diet and lifestyle advice, and told to take drugs and have procedures for which there is little benefit and often significant risk. It is estimated that less than 5% of practices in a typical healthcare provider’s office are evidence-based and this includes not only traditional practices, but also those that are alternative, integrative, and holistic. The main reason? Healthcare providers are not taught to evaluate information through the application of specific rules of evidence that discern good from bad practices.

This course is designed to teach healthcare providers of all types how to use objective principles in the evaluation of any healthcare-related practice in order to determine its value to patients; how to conduct research in order to identify safe and effective options for addressing health issues; and how to engage in collaborative discussions with patients and clients that lead to more informed choices. Providers will also learn how to set up and operate a practice based on the concepts of evidence-based care and informed medical decision-making.


Program Objectives:

  • Learn rules of evidence for evaluating healthcare options
  • Gain practice in applying rules of evidence to commonly recommended diets, supplements, tests, drugs, and procedures to determine risk/benefit ratio
  • Learn to evaluate common approaches to health issues within his/her scope of practice
  • Gain skills for researching options and developing protocols for treatment
  • Learn how to set up a practice/business or repurpose an existing practice to include informed decision-making
  • Gain skills in the areas of motivational interviewing, goal setting, informed discussions, identification of barriers and how to overcome them in a clinical setting
  • Develop skills for developing effective seminars and curriculum
  • Improve teaching and communication skills


Who should take this course?

  • Healthcare providers of all types who want to use evidence as a guide for making health-related decisions
  • Providers of all types who want to develop better research skills
  • Providers of all types who want to treat the “whole person”
  • Providers of all types who need assistance in setting up or repurposing a healthcare-related practice or business
  • Providers of all types who want to improve their clinical skills
  • Consumers who want to become more informed in order to take charge of their own health



For more information or to schedule a phone call to talk email pampopper@msn.com