For Clinicians

PEPtools SDM Aids

Activating patients through education, shared decision-making, and self-management has been shown to improve health, therapy adherence, patient satisfaction, and reduce healthcare costs. PEPtalk offers two ways to improve interactions with your patients to empower them to actively engage in improving their health and healthcare. These programs are integrated but each has a distinct and direct purpose.

  • FOR THE PATIENT: PEPtalk Comprehensive Shared Decision Making Aids available for computer, tablet or smart phone use.
  • FOR YOU and YOUR DISCUSSIONS WITH THE PATIENT: A point of care mobile App (PEPtools) to engage patients in shared decision making discussions in your office.

Engaging patients with programs like these have been shown to save valuable patient-clinician discussion time for actual therapeutic decisions. Personalizing therapy is much easier when patients clarify, document and provide their questions and concerns so that you and the patient can mutually decide on the action to take. Documenting an action plan provides patients with valuable reference material and clinicians with chart documentation.

PEPtools SDM Aids are listed by medical problem and provides:

One stop shopping for health information.

  • Disease state cause, signs/symptoms
  • Expected outcomes if left untreated
  • Treatment options
  • Treatment expectations, side effects, risks
  • Lifestyle therapy
  • Quality of life impact
  • Tips for successful treatment

Easy to follow process for sharing in decision making

  • Clear and easy to understand medical information presented in interactive animated form.
  • Interactive opportunity to clarify and share your concerns, potential barriers, and what is most important to you.

Customized printed Action Plan generated by the patient to use in mutual decision making discussions.

Customized Educational resources and tools for continuous learning and reminders.

PEPtools Mobile App

Provides an easy to access set of visuals available on your phone or tablet that allow you to begin or reinforce concept learning and decision making with your patients.

Featured sections include:

  • Health risk if untreated
  • Therapeutic options
  • Medication efficacy, risk, side effects
  • Decision clarification
  • Resources

PEPtools Clinician Resources

PEPtools Clinician Talking Points

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