Jared Hanes

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Honors Thesis


Healthcare providers can utilize the Shared Decision Making (SDM) model to help facilitate trustful communication and mutual decision making with their patients, especially with those who identify as a racial/ethnic minority and lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender (LGBT). A qualitative, phenomenological interview was conducted with six different patients, and participants were recruited from a local primary care clinic. Participants placed value on the quality of trustful communication with their provider. In order to have effective communication, these respondents felt that their provider should incorporate an objective and nonjudgmental approach towards their lifestyle practices. SDM can help develop trust and effective communication between a provider and their patient. Participants to this interview were comfortable discussing their lifestyle practices with their provider, and felt that they were more likely to trust their provider who was personable and open-minded to their lifestyle practices.

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